7 Action Steps Against Distraction

1) Avoid temptation to talk or text on your phone. Turn it off while driving or place your device in the glove box or center console so it’s out of sight and out of mind.
2) Vary your route when possible, so routine trips like commuting to and from work don’t become mundane.
3) Keep your eyes moving. Make a full mirror sweep with your eyes every 5-6 seconds to stay alert and ward off allowing your mind to wander.
4) Keep a safe following distance. Driver training experts suggest a following distance of 3-4 seconds in good weather—more in inclement weather. The 3-4-second following rule increases visibility and gives more time to react to what’s happening in front of you, reducing risk to you and your passengers.
5) Clear your mind. You cannot focus on driving if your mind is on work or family pressure or your to-do list. Take a moment before you drive to get your mind focused on the task at hand—getting to your destination safely.
6) Have a plan. Don’t wait until you are driving to plan and become familiar with your route.
Use navigation devices with voice directions and set them prior to pulling out.
7) Help others help themselves. Make it a practice when you call someone’s cell phone to
ask if they are driving. If the answer is “yes,” take it upon yourself to call back later or ask
them to return your call when they’ve reached their destination. And never text someone
you know to be driving.

 

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