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Eyes on the road

As you get in your car you’ll have every intention of driving safely, but within minutes you may have checked your makeup in the mirror or fiddled with your car radio. You might not realise it, but you’re a distracted driver. Distractions are common and appear harmless, from talking to passengers to turning around to check a toddler or pet, but driving is a complex task and requires complete attention. All it takes is a glance away for two seconds and you can get into trouble.
Distraction comes in three forms: visual, causing you to take your eyes off the road, manual causing you to take your hands off the wheel and cognitive, such as listening to the radio. Some distractions can’t be eliminated, but most can be managed. For example, turn off your mobile or silence it before you start the engine, secure your pet properly, and don’t eat or drink while you’re moving. After all, research shows that if a texting driver takes their eyes off the road for just 4.6 seconds over a six-second interval at 55mph they would travel the length of a football field without looking at the road. Draw your own conclusions