Distracted driving can be prevented. Here are some ways to keep you, your loved ones, and everyone on the road safer:
BEFORE YOU DRIVE:
•Assess your condition. If you are drowsy, have alcohol or drugs in your system, or feel very sad or angry, wait or ask someone else to drive.
•Prepare your vehicle. Clean and organize your vehicle so you can see clearly and items don’t roll around. Preprogram navigation and music. Adjust seats, mirrors, and temperature controls.
•Prepare yourself and passengers. Eat, drink, use your phone, and secure passengers(including kids and pets). Items to keep passengers comfortable and entertained should be close within their reach.
WHILE YOU ARE DRIVING:
•Lead by example. Model safe driving behavior by focusing on driving, following the road rules, and being alert.
•Ask passengers to help if you need something, rather than diverting your attention away from driving and doing it yourself.
•Take breaks if you need to stretch your legs, get some thing to eat, or use your phone.
WHEN YOU ARE A PASSENGER:
•Be calm and refrain from distracting the driver.
•Help the driver with directions, changing settings or controls, or calming other passengers.
•Speak up when you see someone driving while distracted.