Driving Mistakes Mums Make (and How to Avoid Them)

Driving is an essential part of being a mum. We drive our children to school, pick them up in the afternoon, take family trips to favourite restaurants, go grocery shopping, and drive to virtually every place we need to be. Although driving is an important skill to have for mums, there are still those who make common yet very dangerous mistakes on the road. Do you still make these driving mistakes we’re about to discuss in this article?

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Getting Distracted

The kids are crying, your phone is buzzing with new WhatsApp messages and you’re trying to listen to the weather report on the radio. Driving can be very hectic, especially when you’re driving with kids. It is easy to get distracted and lose focus on the most important task of the moment: driving.

This may seem like a simple mistake. Yes, I get distracted too sometimes. Getting distracted whilst behind the wheel, however, can prove to be dangerous. You never know what can happen in a split second. Fortunately, this is a mistake you can avoid easily.

If you need to do something when you’re driving, pull over. It may seem like a waste of time, especially when you’re in a hurry, but it’s definitely the best way to go. Whether you need to read an email or check on the kids, find a safe place to stop and pull over.

Driving Tired

It is also not uncommon for mums to lose sleep and feel very tired in the middle of the day. Driving under this condition is not safe at all. In fact, it is more dangerous to drive when you’re tired and sleepy than when you’re distracted. As you doze off behind the wheel, you’re putting yourself and your children at huge risk.

The only solution to this problem, unfortunately, is to NOT drive at all. If you’re too tired or you’re really sleepy, get some rest before you get behind the wheel. An hour of good, deep sleep is more than enough to give you your focus and control back. After a quick rest, you can confidently drive again.

It is also a good idea to ask yourself whether you really need to go when you’re too tired to drive. Sometimes, the reason for you to drive is something that can be postponed.

Not Following the Rules

We took a theory test when we apply for a driving license for a reason. The highway code and other regulations are there to make sure you’re always safe on the road. Ignoring the rules can prove to be very dangerous. Yes, it may seem okay to run a red light when you’re already late to an appointment. However, the seemingly small mistake may have serious consequences.

A lot of mums also drive without a driving license. If you’re still on your provisional license, driving a car is really not something you should be doing. Take your time and get the full driving license. Today, driving tests are very easy to pass. There are even resource centres such as TopTests.co.uk that can help you prepare more for the tests.

Avoid these small mistakes and you’ll be avoiding a lot of hazards when driving. Always put safety first on the road and drive responsibly.

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