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02/19/2018
Despite the limited amount of driving time it takes to achieve your full license, more and more drivers believe that once they receive theirs, they are so skilled they can drive with their eyes closed.

If you have ever caught a bus or even watched television for an hour or more than the chance are that you have some form of promotional material about staying focused when you drive. That is to say, don’t be a distracted driver! However, despite the presence this message has, too many drivers don’t take heed.

How to Prevent Two of the Most Common Driving Distractions

If this sounds like you and you find yourself looking away from the road more than you know you should, below is a post from Progressive Products with information on how you can avoid two of the most common driving distractions.

Music

That’s right - music! The first distraction this article will tackle is the one caused by your music. Or, more accurately,  caused by the wrong music. Consider this scenario:
  • You get into your car and wait a minute for it to warm up
  • While it’s warming up, you get yourself settled and, as you pull out of the driveway, press ‘Play’.
  • After two or three songs you notice that the music changes to something which just doesn’t fit your morning mood.
  • Annoyed, you fumble around your passenger seat and your bag to find your phone and change your music or you start to press random buttons on my car-radio system trying to change the music.
  • Of course, it doesn't work and you eventually take your full attention away from the road for a few moments and solely on changing the music.
Unfortunately, in those few moments is when serious accidents can occur. Instead of putting yourself in this situation, the next time that you are sitting on the couch half-watching a TV show, take out your phone or music player and start to create some playlists. For example:
  • More coffee please (music to wake you up).
  • Finally the trip home (your favorite songs to entertain you on the way home from work).
  • Wake me when we get there (music for a road trip).
  • Karaoke Errands (songs you can sing to as you zip around town completing your errands.
Of course, if you have any other errands or regular trips which you complete then be sure to create a playlist for these, also. With these at the ready, you can easily select the right playlist as you start your car and not have to worry about taking your focus off the road to change your music. Click here to buy AMSOIL Signature Series 0W-20 Synthetic Motor Oil and give your engine a performance boost. Speak with an expert at Progressive Products by calling (425) 483-2582 to find out how a synthetic oil change in Lynnwood, WA can benefit your vehicle.

Let’s Tackle Calls, Messages, and any Other Notifications Your Phone Produces

When it comes to distractions from your phone, the obvious and best approach would be to switch it off before you get into your car and leave it out of reach so that you aren’t tempted to turn it on as soon as you get to a red light. However, this isn’t always a viable option for many people. If this sounds like you then the best thing to do is to use your phone. Hold on a minute! Use your phone while you’re driving to avoid using your phone while you’re driving? That’s right! However, it isn’t entirely that simple. Consider this example:
  • You get in your car and drive to the grocery store.
  • Along the way your phone makes a beep to tell you that you have a message.
  • You don’t know who it’s from or what it’s about but you’re sure that if you don’t read it and reply then the world is going to end!
  • Instead of pulling over you fumble around and glance at your phone.
  • Of course, now that you have seen it you simply must reply!
  • You take the time to send a reply, taking your eyes off the road for ‘just a few seconds’
Unfortunately, it’s within these ‘few seconds’ that you can cause an accident. Instead, consider this scenario:
  • You get in your car and drive to the grocery store.
  • Along the way your phone makes a beep to tell you that you have a message.
  • Before you even have a chance to look away from the road a voice from your phone announces the name of the sender and offers to read you the message.
  • Without looking away from the road you simply speak ‘Yes’, and have the message read.
  • Once you have listened to the message your phone prompts you again asking if you would like to reply.
  • You take advantage of the opportunity and reply to the message (turns out it wasn’t from NASA telling you that the world was ending after all).
A similar scenario only in this instance the driver didn’t need to take their focus off the road to read or reply to a message. Of course, it isn't just messages, this option works great for phone calls and even emails. Once you have finished creating your playlists from the tip above, take a look through the options in your phone and locate the digital assistant. Even if you have an older more basic phone it’s likely that it will include even-the-most basic service which can provide the above services in addition to many others which can help keep your attention on the road while you drive.

Keep Your Dash Free of Flashing Lights with a Synthetic Oil Change in Lynnwood, WA

Staying focused on the road while you drive is the most important aspect of driving. Be sure that your attention isn’t taken away from the task with music, calls, or even flashing lights on your dash. Check out the online store or speak with Progressive Products at (425) 483-2582 to find out how a synthetic oil change in Lynnwood, WA can boost your engine performance and work to improve its lifespan.
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