AARP Driving Resource Center

Distracted Driving Tips

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.

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Distracted Driving Tips, Driver Resource Center

Do not use your cellphone while driving; even hands-free calls distract your concentration. — iStockphoto

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.

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