Be Honest. Are You a Distracted Driver?
Take action to avoid the distraction.
Most people know that texting and talking on the phone while driving are dangerous activities. But they aren’t the only things that can distract you while you’re driving. Dashboard infotainment systems, navigation tools and even passengers can easily take your focus off the road.
Distracted driving is a deadly problem—it led to 3,142 deaths in 2019, according to the most recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
Tips that can help you avoid distractions while driving:
- Put it away: Place your phone out of sight to prevent temptation.
- Know where you’re going: Set your navigation system before driving.
- Pull over: If you must call or text while driving, safely pull off the road and stop.
- Ask passengers for help: Ask a passenger to help navigate, make a call or send a message.
- Don’t be a distraction yourself: Avoid calling or texting others when you know they are driving.
- Use “do not disturb”: Many phones have settings that silence incoming calls and messages while your phone is synced with your car.