courtesy, Illinois Association Chiefs of Police
Distracted drivers take their eyes off the road an average of 5 out of every 6 seconds. At 55 mph, that means a texting driver travels the length of a football field–including the end zones–without looking at the road. See these 10 tips for managing common driving distractions.
1. TURN IT OFF
Turn your phone off or switch it to silent mode before you get in the car. If you need to make a call, pull over to a safe area first.
2. SPREAD THE WORD
Set up a special message to tell callers that you are driving and you’ll get back to them as soon as possible, or sign up for a service that does this for you.
3. GROOM AT HOME
Shaving and applying makeup are best done prior to getting in the car.
4. USE YOUR PASSENGERS
Ask a passenger to make the call or text for you.
5. STAY SAFER, TEXT LATER
Don’t text and drive, surf the web, or read your email while driving. It is dangerous and against the law.
If you’re traveling, know the state and local laws before you get in the car. Most states and localities prohibit the use of hand-held cell phones. For a listing of state laws, visit TeenDriving.AAA.com. If you’re traveling in a rental car, familiarize yourself with the vehicle’s features before getting behind the wheel.
7. PLAN AHEAD
Program GPS systems and review maps and directions before you start driving. If you need help while driving, ask a passenger or pull over to a safe location.
8. SECURE YOUR PETS
Pets can be a big distraction in the car. Always secure your pets properly before you start to drive.
9. KEEP THE KIDS SAFE
pull over to a safe location to address situations with your children in the car.
10. FOCUS ON THE TASK AT HAND
Refrain from smoking, eating, drinking, reading and any other activity that takes your hands, mind or eyes off the road.