How to Avoid Distracted Driving

In a world where just about everybody owns and is addicted to their handheld device, it’s important to stay safe while driving. Distracted driving is a major problem, but some of the devices out there that are meant to eliminate distractions are actually causing more. While there are a lot of gadgets out there that help you stay connected without taking your eyes off the road or your hands off the wheel, keep in mind that any activity that takes the focus off of driving is a distraction.

Voice Commands for Hands-Free Calling, GPS Navigation, and More

If your car has a voice navigation feature, making phone calls, getting directions, and keeping up with all things multimedia just got a lot easier. While you're driving, you'll be able to perform the following functions, hands-free:

  1. Shutting off your phone and avoiding all calls while driving is a nice thought, but for people who work on-the-go, it’s not a possibility. Voice navigation and hands-free calling make it possible to conduct business while driving. By syncing with your phone, many new cars are able to use your data plan to make phone calls over the Internet connection.
  2. Whether you don’t have time to look up directions beforehand or you end up lost midway to your destination, voice navigation makes it possible to get GPS directions without having to pull over. With voice commands, you can locate an address or a point of interest, choose between different routes, and access past routes that you’ve saved.
  3. If you’re driving for a long time, you may feel removed from what’s happening in the world. Voice commands will help you to check your e-mail, reply to text messages, look up stock information, find out sports scores, and more.
Newer cars have a lot of bells and whistles to help you stay connected while remaining focused on the road ahead. Keep in mind that just because you’re not visually distracted, that doesn’t mean that your mind isn’t distracted. Try to limit the number of voice commands you give your car while driving - the more focused you are on the drive, the safer you’ll be. In the market for a new ride? Browse car options that offer hands-free technology and don’t skip over selections that have the Ford Powerstroke engine.

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