11 Tips To Avoid Distracted Driving

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care
Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. Each day in the United States, over 8 people are killed and 1,161 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.

Common distractions:

  • Texting
  • Using a cellphone or smartphone/App
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving

Before you drive:

  1. Allow plenty of travel time.
  2. Set the GPS and/or review all maps and directions before driving.
  3. Stow and secure loose objects.
  4. Prepare children with everything they need before driving.
  5. Intense emotions can be distracting. Complete the conversation with the person before you drive.
  6. Never drink under the influence.

While you drive:

  1. Do not text, use apps, or read emails.
  2. Let calls go to voicemail.
  3. Do not groom.
  4. Keep two hands on the wheel at all times.
  5. Avoid eating or drinking while driving.

New York prohibits all drivers from using portable electronic devices.

Sources:

CDC
NY State Laws on Cell Phone Use and Texting while driving