When you get behind the wheel of your new Toyota in Orlando, you want to ensure you are going to be safe and that others around you are going to be safe, too. A major factor of staying safe behind the wheel is to eliminate distracted driving. Distracted driving is extremely dangerous to you, those in your Orlando Toyota and those in cars also on the road.
What is distracted driving?
It is the act of driving a motor vehicle while engaged in another activity. If you’re fixing your makeup, setting your GPS, or using your cell phone- you’re driving distracted! There are three types of distractions-visual, manual and cognitive. Visual distractions include anything that takes your eyes off of the road. Distractions that are manual require you take one or both hands off of the wheel. Finally, cognitive distractions are any activities that take your focus off of driving and the road. There are a number of distractions that can occur behind the wheel that can be one, two or all three of these types combined. For example, texting is an example of distracted driving that uses your eyes, hands and mind to do and creates a very dangerous scenario while behind the wheel.
Nowadays, sometimes we drive distracted unknowingly. It’s important to pay attention to the road and how you are driving at all times and to avoid being preoccupied by something else. Examples of driving distractions include:
- Eating and drinking
- Applying or fixing makeup
- Flipping through radio stations
- Setting the navigation system
- Talking with passengers in the car
- Texting and using a cell phone
Drive safe with tips from Toyota of Orlando!
Put your cell phone out of arm’s reach! If it’s out of sight, it’s out of mind. By keeping your phone put away, you are less likely to be tempted to check it, text, or surf the internet.
Utilize Bluetooth wireless technology! Bluetooth in your Orlando Toyota allows you to make wireless, hands-free calls while in the car. This is a great way to stay in touch but stay safe while driving. You can also use Bluetooth connectivity to stream your music or navigation directions so you never have to take your eyes off of the road or your hands off of the wheel.
Use Orlando defensive driving tips! Driving defensively is a great way to stay safe out on the road. Defensive driving includes being aware of your surroundings while behind the wheel, obeying road rules and speed limits, maintain distance between other cars and anticipate other drivers’ moves.
Limit the number of passengers in your vehicle! More people equal more distractions. Chatting with those in your car can take your mind off of traffic or following road rules and can become dangerous. Drive only as many people in your car as you are comfortable with as to avoid distracted driving.
If you have any questions on how to avoid distracted driving, visit our friendly Toyota dealership in Orlando for more information! We’re located at 3575 Vineland Rd., just off of I-4 near the Millenia Mall!