Tips To Avoid Distracted Driving

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By 97.1 The Ticket
According to the United States Department of Transportation, distracted driving claims the lives of more than 3,000 people a year, roughly nine lives every single day.

Texting is the No. 1 culprit that causes distraction behind the wheel.

So, before you get hit the road, put away that phone!

Here are more tips to avoid distracted driving from AAA Michigan -
  • Fully focus on driving. Do not let anything divert your attention,
  • Actively scan the road, use your mirrors.
  • Watch out for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Store loose gear, possessions and other distractions that could roll around in the car, so you do not feel tempted to reach for them on the floor or the seat.
  • Make adjustments before your get underway. Address vehicle systems like your GPS, seats, mirrors, climate controls and sound systems before hitting the road. Decide on your route and check traffic conditions ahead of time.
  • Finish dressing and personal grooming at home – before you get on the road.
  • Snack smart. If possible, eat meals or snacks before or after your trip, not while driving. On the road, avoid messy foods that can be difficult to manage.
  • Secure children and pets before getting underway. If they need your attention, pull off the road safely to care for them. Reaching into the backseat can cause you to lose control of the vehicle.
  • Don’t use cell phones while driving – handheld or hands-free – except in absolute emergencies. Never use text messaging, email functions, video games or the internet with a wireless device, including those built into the vehicle, while driving.