California roadways are some of the busiest in the nation. Case in point: San Francisco was recently named the fifth worse U.S. city for traffic congestion.
When navigating busy roads filled with other vehicles, losing focus for a moment could have tragic consequences. After all, you never know when those around you are drunk or distracted. Use your senses and your ability to focus to enhance your traffic safety.
Tips that may improve your driving focus
Keeping a watchful eye on the driving behaviors of those in your vicinity is critical in avoiding a motor vehicle accident. However, it is unfortunately easy to lose your concentration while driving.
The suggestions below can help you focus on the road and your surroundings whenever you get behind the wheel.
- Remove distractions. Putting away devices, securing pets in a carrier and waiting until you park to eat lunch are just three ways to get rid of things that take your mind away from driving.
- Keep it cool. Using the air conditioner or circulating fan to keep the inside of your car cool can sharpen your concentration while helping you avoid becoming drowsy.
- Clean your windows. Although it does not occur to many drivers, keeping your windshields and side windows sparkling clean could help you focus better on what is happening around you.
- Play it low. Play your driving music at reasonably low volumes to avoid becoming distracted by the music and to ensure you hear emergency vehicle sirens or the sound of screeching brakes from an approaching car.
Remember that you have a right to seek financial compensation if an unsafe driver injures you in a collision. Knowledge of California’s accident and injury compensation laws can protect this right and help you get the most out of your claim.