The most important thing to think about while driving is… driving.
When you’re behind the wheel, give your full attention to the road. It’s your job to keep yourself, your passengers and other road users safe.
Here are some tips to avoid potentially deadly distractions and the costs associated with distracted driving:
Stay off your phone
- Turn off your hand-held device when driving.
- Use your phone’s auto-response features or an app to let others know you are driving and will respond when it is safe.
- If you leave your phone on and it rings while you’re driving, let the call go to voicemail.
- Let your passenger answer or make calls or send texts for you.
- If you need to make a call or send a text, find a safe place to pull over and stop before reaching for your phone.
- Put your phone somewhere that you can’t reach it to avoid temptation.
Make driving your only task
- Take the time to get ready: plan your route and select your music or radio before you head out on the road.
- Eat and groom before you leave or after you arrive.
- Drop conversations with passengers in tricky driving situations.
- Get your passenger to make adjustments to music, GPS or other in-car convenience features.
- If you need to attend to a child or pet in your vehicle, pull over and stop first.
- Resist the urge to look when passing any roadside distraction.
- If you’re a passenger and the driver reaches for a phone, insist they put it down: distracted driving is everybody’s business.
- Help others help themselves: when you call someone, ask if they are driving. If they are, call back later.
- Spread the word to “leave the phone alone”. Take the pledge at LeaveThePhoneAlone.ca and receive a free car window static sticker.
Choose and use driver-assist features safely
Even good drivers make mistakes or get momentarily distracted. Driver-assist safety features can help. Just remember that all of these features have limitations and are no substitute for an attentive driver. See more information about these technologies.