Don't get distracted
The last thing you want to do when you first get your licence is lose it for using your mobile phone. Worse than that, distractions on the road are unsafe for you, your passengers and other drivers. Don’t be distracted on the road - focus on driving, save the other stuff for when you get there.
Using a mobile while driving (if not hands free) is illegal and makes it harder to gauge distances, keep in your lane and watch your speed. You’re more likely to be involved in an accident.
Friends (any passengers)
Talking, loud music and friends in the back seat can all cause distraction. A Monash University study found one passenger increases the risk of being involved in a serious accident by 60%.
Food & drink
Eating and drinking while driving is not against the law, but it is still distracting. Spilling something in your lap or dropping your sandwich on the floor is going to take your attention off the road.
There are safer ways to travel with the family pet – pet crates, behind the cargo barrier in a wagon or clipped into a pet restraint. It’s illegal to have an animal on your lap when you are driving.
Fluffy dice (or any hanging items)
Hanging items from your rear view mirror is illegal. It’s your responsibility as the driver to have a clear view of the road.
There are enough things to think about while you’re driving without adding in other distractions. Do yourself and other road users a favour and keep your focus on the road. Everything else can wait.
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