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Don’t be distracted

When you’re driving, any additional activity will put added pressure on you. As a result you may become less observant and less likely to anticipate hazards as you pay attention to a second activity. The main culprits are: texting, using a mobile, eating and drinking, talking to passengers, grooming, reading including maps, using a navigation system, adjusting a radio, CD or MP3 player. Texting is particularly disturbing because messaging requires visual, manual and cognitive attention. Sending or receiving a text takes your eyes from the road for an average of five seconds. At 50 mph that’s driving length of a football pitch. Remember, the journey is why you are in the car.