Every parent knows how distracting it can be driving with kids in tow. According to DailyMail.co.uk, “A crying child in the back of the car is as distracting to the driver as talking on a mobile phone.” And it’s not only crying that can make a driver distracted and stressed. Questions of “Are we there yet?” echo over pleas for snacks and drinks, dropped toys and bickering between siblings can often cause not only distractions to the driver, but also danger on the road.
According to the United States Department of Transportation, there are three types of driver distractions, as referenced by David Petrie of The Huffington Post:
1. Visual distractions lead drivers to take their eyes off the road.
2. Manual distractions lead drivers to take their hands off the wheel.
3. Cognitive distractions lead drivers to take their minds off what they’re doing.
Texting while driving hits on all of these types of distractions, however, unfortunately so does driving with kids in tow. Here are some helpful car rules for kids to help keep parents, or anyone driving with kids, safer on the road.
All these suggestions are great ways to keep your whole family safe and happy while driving. And when it comes to happy drivers, nothing makes drivers happier than saving money. Have you ever considered refinancing your car loan? Whether you have one car or more, refinanced auto loans offer the attractive rates and flexible terms you may not have gotten when you first borrowed, and could save you money in interest over the life of your loan. So, keep driving distractions to a minimum when you’re driving with kids in tow and keep your car payment to a minimum while you’re at it too.
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