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Tips for avoiding distractions
The most important thing to think about while driving is… driving.
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 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, whether that’s grooming or planning your route, before you head out on the road.
- Eat before you leave or after you arrive, not in your car.
- Wait until you are stopped to adjust your radio.
- 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.
For more information about distracted driving, click here to read our Safety Columns.