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Everyone knows that texting and driving is a big no-no, but sometimes people think it is necessary. Unfortunately, distracted driving kills and injures hundreds of thousands of people each year. Please do not add to this statistic. Instead, follow these safe driving tips to combat distracted driving:

  1. As a general rule, a distraction is anything that requires you to take any of your attention off driving. Take care of distractions before or after your trip, not while behind the wheel.
  2. If another activity demands your attention, pull off the road and stop your vehicle in a safe place instead of attempting it while driving.
  3. If you have passengers, ask them for help and support, so you can focus on driving.
  4. Don’t use cell phones while driving except in emergencies. While driving, you should never use text messaging, email functions, video games, or the internet with a device, including those built into the vehicle.
  5. If a child or pet needs your attention while driving, pull off the road safely to care for them. Reaching into the backseat can cause you to take your eyes off the road and/or lose control of the vehicle.
  6. If possible, eat meals or snacks before or after your trip, not while driving. It can be hard to manage to eat (especially messy foods) while on the road.
  7. Before you get on the road, make sure you are finished getting yourself ready.
  8. Before you begin driving, make adjustments inside your car, such as climate, GPS, sound systems, and mirrors. Decide on your route and check traffic conditions ahead of time.
  9. Contain any 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.
  10. Do not let anything divert your attention away from driving. Actively scan the road, use your mirrors, and watch for pedestrians and cyclists.