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You CAN avoid driving distracted!


Distracted driving is a major cause for a large number of car wrecks. Often, we don’t realize we are distracted until it’s too late.  Here are a few tips to avoid driving distracted:

USE YOUR CELL PHONE AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE

It can be easily tempting to answer your phone or reply to a text message while driving. Taking your eyes off the road, even for a split second, can cause a serious wreck. Even using a hands free device can cause you to be distracted or miss hearing something that will alert you to a dangerous situation.  Limit your phone usage to emergency situations and never text while driving.

GET REST

One government study shows that 37 percent of U.S. drivers have fallen asleep or almost fallen asleep at least one time in their lives. Driving while sleep-deprived can impair you as much as alcohol can and increases the risk of a crash by nearly four times.  If you start to feel tired behind the wheel, pull over and rest immediately.

LEAVE THE MULTI-TASKING BEHIND

It’s easy to think you can get a number of things done while driving. Some drivers eat while driving or constantly change the radio station.  But every second you spend multi-tasking is a second you spend not focusing on the road.  Make time to eat at home before you leave in the morning. Before you start your commute, get settled and make sure you are ready for a distraction free trip.

HOW MANY PASSENGERS?

In some states, new drivers are not allowed to have passengers. Having a full car can result in a noisy, active drive, making it hard to keep your eyes and ears focused on the road.  The fewer passengers you have, the less distractions you have.

 

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