Actually, 'Tis Always the Season for Safe Driving
Traveling to spend time with family and friends is a longstanding holiday tradition, but it can also be dangerous. Forbes Magazine states that Christmas, New Year’s, and Thanksgiving are some of the most dangerous times of the year due to traffic accidents. More people are on the road, some of them are inhibited by alcohol, and some might be feeling high levels of stress due to busy calendars and social obligations.
It doesn’t have to be dangerous for you and your family, though. There are several things you can do to reduce the risk of a traffic accident while out holiday shopping or traveling to visit loved ones. Start by making sure your car is recently serviced. It could be time for an oil change, brake check or new windshield wipers. Get your vision checked—millions of Americans need glasses or contact lenses and don’t even know it. Correcting your vision can help make sure you identify potential hazards on the road before they happen.
Keep your eye on the speedometer, and don’t be reluctant to use alternate routes that might take a bit longer. Chances are, there will be fewer cars on the road if you take lesser-traveled highways, reducing the chances of an accident.
Most importantly, keep your hands free from distraction while you’re driving. The U.S. government reports that at any given moment across America, about 660,000 drivers are using their cell phones or other electronic devices while they’re driving. That’s a lot of distraction!
Keeping your hands free can be as simple as mounting your smartphone or GPS device to your nGroove Grip, nGroove Snap or nGroove 6000g. These mounts are especially designed to protect and display your devices so you can keep both hands on the wheel. You’ll still be able to access your digital device when necessary, but you won’t find yourself rummaging around your purse, briefcase, backpack or the car floor in order to take a call or access GPS.
We all know that multi-tasking has become part of modern living, and there’s nothing wrong with listening to music or following GPS directions while driving. In fact, Buffalo State University reports that listening to your favorite music can reduce stress when you’re stuck in traffic congestion. And you’ll be much less distracted by a safely mounted GPS system than by trying to unfold an unwieldy map across the front seat to decipher directions.
Although you can charge smartphones and GPS devices while they’re mounted on your nGroove Grip, nGroove Snap or nGroove 6000g, the Mountek team recommends fully charging your devices before a long road trip. You don’t want to be fishing around in the back seat for your phone charger while driving.
We also recommend programming your GPS device for your destination before starting your car; entering address information while driving is dangerous. Although Bluetooth systems make phone calls from the road safe and effective, there’s still no reason to text and drive.
Texting and driving can increase the chances that you’ll get into a car accident by three times, according to the U.S. government. Sending or reading a text message takes your eyes off the road for about 4.6 seconds. That might not sound like much, but if you’re driving 55 miles per hour, that’s like driving down the entire length of a football field with your eyes closed. Not worth it!
Mountek knows that our customers tend to be informed drivers who have already made the commitment to hands-free driving. We know that you make decisions to drive safely on a daily basis, and we thank you for that. Travel safely this holiday season, and let us know if you have any safe driving tips of your own by posting in our comment section or sending us an email.