Top 10 Tips to Stay Alert and Avoid Distracted Driving

Top 10 Tips to Stay Alert and Avoid Distracted Driving

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, a crucial reminder that our roads demand focus and attention. At POM Industries, we prioritize safety, and that extends far beyond self-defense products. While pepper spray can be a valuable tool for personal protection in many situations, preventing accidents on the road is the ultimate goal.

This blog is dedicated to offering practical tips to combat distracted driving and keeping yourself and others safe. Remember, a focused driver is a responsible driver.

Top 10 Tips to Stay Alert and Avoid Distracted Driving

1. Silence the Siren Song of Your Phone

Our phones are constant companions, but behind the wheel, they can be deadly distractions. Put your phone on silent mode and store it out of sight, like in a glove compartment or center console. Consider enabling "Do Not Disturb" mode while driving to avoid tempting notifications.

2. Buckle Up for Focus

Just like your seatbelt protects you physically, focusing solely on driving protects you from making critical mistakes. Avoid multitasking while driving. Eating, applying makeup, or reading can all divert your attention. Designate a passenger as your "co-pilot" to handle non-driving tasks if needed.

3. Plan Ahead for a Smooth Ride

Preparation is key to staying focused.  Map your route beforehand, especially if you're unfamiliar with the area. This minimizes the need to fiddle with navigation apps while driving.  Ensure you have enough gas and address any errands or calls before hitting the road.

4. Get Enough Sleep for Sharp Reactions

Drowsy driving is a form of distracted driving. Just like being on the phone, fatigue can slow your reaction time and impair your judgment. Ensure you're well-rested before any long drives. Take breaks every two hours or 100 miles to stretch your legs and refresh yourself.

5. Manage Your In-Car Environment

Keep your car clutter-free to minimize distractions. Loud music or arguing passengers can take your focus off the road.  Adjust the temperature beforehand to avoid fiddling with controls while driving.

6. Be Aware of Your Surroundings

Don't get lost in the scenery! Continuously scan your mirrors and blind spots.  Pay attention to brake lights ahead and anticipate potential hazards.  Leave ample following distance to react safely to sudden stops.

7. Keep Your Cool Behind the Wheel

Road rage is a real danger.  If another driver is behaving aggressively, don't engage.  Change lanes if possible and let them pass.  Remember, getting to your destination safely is the top priority.

8. Be a Passenger Powerhouse

If you're riding with someone who's distracted, speak up politely but firmly.  Let them know you prefer a focused driver.  Offer to handle navigation or make calls for them.

9. Lead by Example

If you have young passengers, set a good example.  Explain the importance of focused driving and avoid distractions yourself.  This instills safe driving habits from a young age.

10. Download a Distraction-Blocking App

There are apps available that can block texts and calls while you're driving.  Consider using one of these as an extra layer of protection against phone-related distractions.

POM Industries: Champions of Safety

At POM Industries, we believe that prevention is the best defense.  While pepper spray can be a valuable tool in many situations, it should never be considered a solution to distracted driving. Our commitment to safety extends beyond self-defense products. By following these tips and adopting a focused driving mindset, we can all contribute to safer roads for everyone.

Together, let's make every month Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Together, let's make every month Distracted Driving Awareness Month!