Top 10 Tips to Stop Distracted Driving Before it Stops You

Attentive driving. There's not an app for that. Don't let texts, calls, or other distraction divert your eyes from the road ahead.
Driver sending a text message

Originally published by Shepherd Center.

Distracted driving has increasingly become a cause of motor vehicle crashes. The prevalence of smart phones and a culture of constant social connection has created a deadly combination with motor vehicles. One out of 10 drivers on the road is using their phone for something, making them four times more likely to crash. Distracted driving includes texting and answering emails, talking on the phone, eating, applying makeup and even, changing the music on a portable electronic device.

Here is a list of tips to help you stay focused when you're behind the wheel. Share this information in your neighborhood, school, hospital or other community organization to raise awareness about how to avoid the dangers of distracted driving. Don't let incoming texts get in the way of oncoming traffic!

1. Out of sight, out of mind

Put the phone on vibrate or silent and put it where you can’t see it while driving. This will reduce your urge to answer calls or read texts and emails. Cover it with your purse; put it in the glove compartment – whatever you have to do. Just get it out of sight!

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