Even though you might be in a hurry somewhere and want to make the most of your time by double tasking while driving, don’t do it! Distracted Driving is dangerous enough as it is, however, driving with kids while being distracted can result in getting into a serious accident, perhaps even fatal. It’s important to stay as focused as possible while carrying your precious cargo.
Kids can be a lot to handle while driving, so it’s vital that you’re as focused as possible. Here are some of the things you shouldn’t do under any circumstances while driving, and especially when driving with your kids.
Using Your Phone
We’re not just talking about texting while driving but looking at your phone at all. It’s illegal to operate your phone under any circumstances while your car is running. That means don’t touch your GPS. That means don’t scroll through your emails at a red light. That means don’t make a phone call in traffic! Just don’t touch your phone under any circumstances!
Leave your car inside your purse on the floor if you can’t seem to fight the temptation when your phone makes a sound. Even the slightest activity on your phone can reduce your reaction time. All it takes is a split second for you to hit the car in front of you or miss a green light.
Yell At The Kids In The Backseat
Any parent out there can tell you that driving while your kid is having a tantrum is downright torture. It’s distracting and can cause you to drive rushed and stressed out. However, it’s crucial that even if your kids are acting up and throwing a tantrum or fighting the backseat that you stay totally focused on the road.
Don’t take away your attention from the road to deal with them at any point. If they are acting up to the point of it being dangerous to themselves, then pull over.
Only discipline them in the backseat when your vehicle has come to a complete stop.
It may seem obvious that you shouldn’t try to drive while sleeping, but you’d be surprised at the number of people who think they can close their eyes for a few seconds while driving.
Driving while extremely drowsy or tired is one of the last things you should do let alone with children. Forget about the old tricks of rolling down your window or chugging a coffee. If you’re tired to the point of potentially falling asleep, then you should pull over and take a nap.
Unfortunately, this is still a head-scratcher for a lot of people. Under no circumstances should you drink alcohol while driving. Not even after one beer. If you’re going to drink, arrange a cab or someone else to drive!