Is distracted driving a problem or an epidemic? According to the CDC, about eight people are killed in automobile accidents involving a distracted driver every day. With that being the case, you must keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road at all times. This practice reigns even more true in your van rental from Carl’s Van Rentals. We know Florida is full of outdoor activities and wonders, which is why we want you to get to your destination safely. Here are the top five distractions you’ll encounter while on the road.

The Top 5 Driving Distractions

1. Cell Phones

By now, it’s no secret that cell phones play a big role in distracted driving. We constantly want to know what’s going on, read that latest email, or text our friends and family while driving. However, this is not the best use of our attention, especially while operating a rental van. Instead of looking at your phone every time it beeps, turn on the vibration, enable the driving mode, and put it in your bag or purse. Putting it out of sight puts it out of mind. 

2. Passengers

The purpose of renting a van is so that the entire family can come along. However, the more passengers you have in your vehicle, the more likely you will be distracted by something going on behind you. If you can limit the number of people in your van rental, the better off you’ll be. Yet, we understand that may not always be the case, so bring plenty of games and activities for the kids to do, especially if you anticipate sitting in traffic. 

3. Moving Animals

We love taking our pets with us wherever we can, but they can be a major distraction in the car. If you have pets traveling with you, make sure they are in a secure place, such as a carrier or pet bed. Most people prefer to put their animals in the rear of the van rental to prevent them from hopping around. You might even consider investing in a special harness that allows you to strap them in like one of the kids. This not only keeps them safe but allows you to keep your focus on the road. 

4. Using Van Gadgets

Some of our vans come equipped with the latest GPS systems built right in. This means you can easily plug in your navigation and have it displayed neatly on the dash. Still, operating this system while driving is often a distraction for many drivers. Other gadget adjustments that can distract from the road include your mirrors and radio. So, before you ever leave the parking lot, make sure you have your information plugged into the GPS, your mirrors are adjusted, and your radio is set to your favorite station!

5. Wildlife

Here in Florida, it’s not uncommon for an alligator or some sort of other wildlife to attempt to cross a busy road. Not only does this become a distraction for drivers, but accidentally hitting one of these animals can cause major damage to your rental. If you’re driving through the Everglades, you might also be tempted to seek out reptiles and birds while cruising down the highway. However, sightseeing while behind the wheel of the car is never a good idea, and you should either pull over or wait until you reach your destination. 

Reserve Your Next Van Rental

When you’re ready to hit the open road with the family, call Carl’s Van Rentals in Fort Lauderdale, FL. We have a wide variety of minivans, Sprinter vans, and passenger vans to suit your family’s needs and travel plans. Reserve your van with us today by calling (954) 525-8008