Keeping Focus

Updated: Jul 25

Tips for Reducing Distracted Driving and Keeping Your Ministry Safe


With April being Distracted Driving Awareness Month, it’s necessary to reiterate how important it is to be safe while on the road. We’ve compiled some some tips on how to help improve your safety while driving church vehicles.

Use your cell phone only for emergency situations

When receiving a text message or phone call, it can be tempting to grab your phone to check your notifications. But those split-second distractions can be enough to cause an accident. Avoid temptation and wait until you’ve come to a complete stop before looking at your phone.

Avoid multi-tasking while driving

In addition to avoiding cell phone usage, you should avoid any sort of multi-tasking to help maintain your focus on driving. Eating, and personal grooming are all common distractions for drivers. Make sure you’re avoiding multi-tasking to help ensure safety.

Set your GPS before leaving

If driving to an area you’re unfamiliar with, you’ll probably be using your GPS to navigate to your destination. Set your GPS before leaving so you’re not trying to set it up while driving.

Don’t drive while tired/drowsy

Tired/drowsy driving can sometimes be as dangerous as drunk driving. Avoid driving or pull off and park the vehicle if you feel yourself being too tired to drive. A quick nap may be all you need to refresh and safely continue your journey.

Reduce the number of distractions within the vehicle

Limiting the number of passengers and keeping a clean vehicle helps reduce distractions. Reaching for something on the floor or getting distracted by passengers can cause you to take your eyes off the road and cause an accident.


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