Distracted Driving Accidents are Preventable

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It is easy to get distracted while driving. But the good news: Distracted driving accidents are preventable. These safety tips can help you avoid distractions, prevent distracted driving behaviors, and focus on the road to keep you, your passengers, and other motorists safe.

Distracted driving is defined as when the driver is doing something that takes his/her attention away from the task of safe driving. That could be things such as:

  • distracted driving behaviors focus on the roadAdjusting the dials on your car such as music, air conditioning or heat
  • Checking your GPS
  • Eating or drinking
  • Talking on the phone, checking email or social media and texting
  • And more

Some of the riskiest driving distractions include using an electronic device, driving while drowsy, eating and drinking and focusing on other passengers in the car with you.

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Prevent Distracted Driving Accidents with Safety Tips

Cell phone use.

  • Turn off your cell phone. That means turn it off and KEEP it turned off – AND out of reach for the duration of your trip. No cell phone, no text messaging, no email, no social media, no video games, no internet. It’s a simple thing that can prevent a distracted driving accident.
  • If you do not find this easy to do, consider using a text blocking app. There are free apps you can use to block texts and reduce the temptation to use your phone while driving.
  • Use your cell phone for emergency situations only.

Prepare for your trip.

Multitasking takes your eyes, hands and mind off the task at hand, driving. Plan ahead.

  • Take care of business calls before or after your trip or pull off to a safe spot if you absolutely have to check messages and make calls.
  • Setting your presets on the radio makes it easy to make music selections.
  • Finish your personal grooming (i.e., applying makeup, brushing hair) before leaving home.
  • Make adjustments to car seats, mirrors, and climate controls before you get on the road.
  • Plan your trip. Use your GPS to plan your route and have it available hands-free to give you directions if you need it.

Eat before or after your trip but not while driving. Messy foods are difficult to manage, and it means you only have one hand to make quick driving maneuvers to avoid an accident.

Fully focus on your driving.

  • Limit the number of passengers you have riding with you. Make sure that children and pets are securely buckled.
  • Actively scan the road, frequently use your mirrors, keep an eye out for pedestrians and cyclists and have your passengers assist with navigation.
  • Look for others driving erratically – drifting from their lanes, driving inconsistent speeds.
  • If you feel drowsy, pull off the road to a safe spot.
  • Practice defensive driving.

Take your time driving. Allow yourself plenty of time to arrive at your destination.


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