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Your mobile beeping… switching the radio station… your mates chatting… wondering what’s for dinner…

It doesn’t take much to distract you when you’re driving. But just one mindless moment can be lethal.

Small distractions can make you slower to recognise and react to dangers on the road. You could risk being involved in a serious collision.

Whether you’ve just passed your test or have been driving for years, it’s important to stay switched on behind the wheel.

Watch our #MindlessMoments videos and read some top tips to see what’s most likely to take your mind off the road – and what you can do about it.

Top tips for mindful driving

According to research by The AA, nearly 70% of drivers have their mind on other things while driving.

But just a few small changes can help you get ready for the journey ahead, stay focused, and get to your destination safely:

Physical distractions, like switching the radio, using your phone, setting the sat nav, eating, smoking and vaping, can take your concentration away from the road.

  • Put your phone away, in the glovebox or your bag.
  • Set your sat nav before you go. Make sure it will stay charged for your journey, and that you can see and hear it.
  • Use radio station pre-sets, or make sure your playlist is ready to go.
  • Don’t eat, drink, smoke or vape on the move.
  • Clear out any clutter. Empty bottles and cans rolling around can distract you and could even get in the way of your pedals.

Remember, passengers can help with directions and sorting any music.

We all have thoughts and worries. But try to put them to one side and keep calm and focused while driving.

  • Try to deal with any issues that are distracting you before you set off.
  • Try not to drive if you’re overly tired, stressed, or not able to give your full attention.
  • Pull over safely if you need to use your phone to make a call or a text.
  • Resist the urge to smoke, vape or eat while you're driving, even if you're feeling stressed.
  • If you’re feeling sleepy, get some fresh air or pull off the road safely until you feel more awake.

__Remember, it’s illegal to use a hand-held phone while driving. As well as risking a collision, you could face a £200 fine and six points on your licence. __

Passengers of all ages can be a distraction. Whether it’s chatty children, noisy mates, or your pet pooch, be prepared.

  • Securely strap children into car seats or booster seats.
  • If there’s another adult in the car, they can look after any children while you concentrate on driving.
  • Keep the music down. You should be able to hear the sat nav and other drivers around you.
  • If you're finding the drive difficult, ask passengers to keep conversation to a minimum.
  • It’s best not to talk about anything that might wind you up.
  • Never let your pet travel loose in the car. They can be a serious distraction and are more likely to be injured or injure you if you are involved in a collision.
  • If your pet is upset, don't reach out to calm it until you've pulled over and parked safely.
  • Make sure there’s plenty of fresh air and make regular stops for walks and toilet breaks. It’ll be good for you and your pet.

Improve your driving skills

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