Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving

How to manage distractions while behind the wheel.

There is growing awareness of texting and driving, but that has not done much to dissuade drivers from indulging. Everyone seems to know it’s dangerous, but few people seem to think it’s dangerous when they do it. It’s not uncommon for drivers – of all ages – to get distracted behind the wheel. From texting to scrolling through social media to fiddling with the GPS or radio, there are endless distractions when you’re in the driver’s seat. To help you control distractions and stay safe, check out these tips.

  • Make a habit of thinking about what calls or texts you need to send before you set off. Before you start the car, think about what information you may need during the trip. From sending a quick text to programming your GPS, do it all now before you head out on the roads.
  • Stow your phone somewhere you can’t peek at it. Try putting it in the glove compartment (lock it if you must) or in the trunk if you think you’ll get tempted.
  • If you need to send a call or text while driving, always pull over to the side of the road first. It won’t hold you up too much and it’s considerably safer than risking it behind the wheel.
  • Silence your phone or put it on Airplane Mode so that you won’t get distracted by incoming texts and notifications.
  • If you get lost, pull over and park before looking at directions on your smartphone or GPS system.
  • Get up 10 minutes earlier to get ready for work or school. Don’t be tempted to eat, drink, shave, put on makeup, or change clothes while behind the wheel.

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