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We get it, you’re busy. From meetings at the office, to making sure the kids get to practice, we are constantly responding to alerts, notifications and reminders to stay on top of our schedules. In the midst of all the noise of our day to day, it is hard to shut off the distractions. Your morning or evening commute can still be affected by unanswered emails, texts or phone calls while you’re on the road. It is easy to become distracted, especially while sitting in rush hour traffic. But here’s the thing, if you’re not totally focused on the road and on fellow commuters, the smallest distraction can cause dangerous consequences.

At Discovery Ford, helping you find your next vehicle may be our business, however your safety is our business too! So how can we help? Here are some quick tips to help you stay focused on the road.

Setting up Hands-Free Options in Your Vehicle

Whether your vehicle comes with Bluetooth technology or not, you should investigate how you can make your car ride hands-free when it comes to using your phone in the car. Drivers using mobile phones are approximately 4 times more likely to be involved in a crash than drivers not using a mobile phone.

Ford’s in-car technology options such as SYNC,or SYNC 3, allow you to make a call using voice commands, listen to a text, request your favourite song and activate other apps you may need, all while keeping your hands on the wheel and eyes forward. Find out which Ford models come with SYNC here .

Feel free to contact us to see these features first hand.

Be Honest with Family, Friends and Co-workers

If something is urgent or someone is waiting on you, let them know you will be driving and unable to answer them until you arrive at the next destination. Or, if you can turn off your phone that works too. Just communicate that you will not be available until you turn on your phone and you are off the road. If you own an iPhone, Apple even has a Do Not Disturb feature while driving. If a text message is received while you are on the road, an automatic text will be sent to the sender, notifying them that you are driving.

Plan Your Route Ahead of Time

Checking out directions before you get into the car can help. Sometimes when we don’t know where we are going, squinting at addresses on buildings, street signs and names of exits can affect our attention to the road. Plan your route! Having a general idea of where you need to be going will prevent you from looking at your phone or missing important turns. Also, you can gauge your ETA and know how much time you need before getting in the car to avoid any unnecessary rushing.

Check out our previous blog post, Our Favourite Mobile Apps for Driving for some useful downloads you can make to make your trip a little easier.

Eliminate as Much as You Can

This means get your breakfast, your makeup on and the kids ready before getting behind the wheel. Sometimes even taking a sip of coffee can result in a hot spill! If you can avoid eating, drinking, and fiddling with your clothes or belongings then it is best to do so. What radio station do you want to listen to? What playlist do you want to here? Set these up beforehand as well. This way pressing buttons can be kept to a minimum as well.

The most important thing to remember is to stay focused on what you’re doing and be present while you are driving. Sometimes driving can be the perfect excuse to have some quiet time.