Every day, at least nine Americans die and 100 are injured in distracted driving crashes according to the National Safety Council. Cell phones, dashboard touchscreens, and other in-vehicle technologies pose a threat to our safety. The consequences of those and other distractions are not worth the convenience they offer. Share these tips on how to reduce distracted driving activity with your loved ones.
- Stow your phone. Turning off the phone or putting it in “do not disturb” mode can help remove the temptation to browse online at a red light or respond right away to a text message.
- Vow not to multi-task. Anything that occupies your mind or vision can be a distraction behind the wheel. Avoid reading, eating, grooming or calling someone while behind the wheel, so you can focus on the road.
- Plan your route before you go. Programming your navigation system while you drive can take your eyes off the road. It’s better to ask a passenger to do it or to enter your destination before you leave home.
- Speak up. If you see someone texting or otherwise driving while distracted, ask them to stop that behavior. Encourage your children to do the same when they are passengers in a friend’s car. It could save a life.
- Avoiding reaching. Resist the urge to reach for items if they fall while driving.
- Keep kids and pets safe. Make sure kids are in proper car seats and that pets stay secured in the back of your vehicle. Do not allow pets to roam about the car.
- Don’t be a distraction. Avoid calling or texting family members and friends when you know they are driving to avoid distracting them.
- Set a good example. Parents can model good behavior for their children by demonstrating attentive driving.