April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. We
know that distracted driving is becoming one of the leading causes to motor
vehicle accidents. Here are some great
tips on how to avoid distracted driving.
Think Before You Drive
-Plan in advance to eat, drink, and make your phone calls before you leave,
or leave a little earlier. This will help you be less stressed
-Be familiar with the equipment in your car, such as the
radio. This will help reduce the time that your eyes are wandering away from
-Check your route before leaving. Try to refrain from
reading a map or messing with the GPS while you’re driving.
Stay Focused and Pay
-Limit interaction with passengers. Especially for younger drivers, they have a
tendency to get caught up in the moment. Motor vehicle accidents are the number
one cause of death for teens aged 16-19.
-Do not talk on a cell phone while driving – even with a
hands free device. Talking on the phone limits your focus on driving.
-Do not text while driving.
Avoid Driver Fatigue
-Stay focused on the road
-Don’t drive if you are tired
-Avoid “gawking” or slowing down to look at a crash or other activity on the
side of the road
-Know where your “out” is at all times and be prepared to
-Be vigilant for construction workers, changing traffic
patterns, and approaching emergency vehicles
These are some good tips on how to avoid distracted driving.
Make sure you share this with everyone you know to help reduce distracted
driving and reduce automobile vehicle accidents.