Driving is a demanding activity that requires your full attention to many things at the same time.
- Do not be distracted by things outside your vehicle that are not directly related to the driving task.
- Eliminate distractions inside the vehicle and minimize activities that require you to take your eyes off the road, especially in heavy traffic.
Do not use your cellphone while driving:
- Do not send or read text messages while driving.
- Make outgoing calls only when you are at your destination or parked.
- Use your voice mail for incoming calls or let a passenger talk for you.
- Put your cellphone on “silent” so that you are not tempted to answer it while driving.
- Remember, research shows that even talking on a hands-free cellphone involves concentrating on the conversation at hand, often at the expense of the driving task.
To reduce distraction, try the following:
- Pre-set your favorite radio stations.
- Load your favorite CD before you start driving.
- Refrain from eating, drinking and smoking.
- Make sure passengers and pets are properly restrained before starting the engine.
- Know your route before starting out, so that you do not need to consult a map or directions during the trip.
- Set up your GPS-based navigation device and adjust the volume control.
- Manage passenger conversation to keep it from being distracting.