Distracted driving means more than just texting. Checking the radio, putting on makeup or balancing your commute coffee can be just as distracting.
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As part of National Safety Month, the National Safety Council (NSC) is dedicating the final week of June to distracted driving awareness. Remember these tips to keep you, your passengers and others on the road safe:
- If you’re a passenger in a car with a distracted driver, offer your assistance in navigating, responding to a text or adjusting the radio.
- Do not use your mobile phone while driving. If you must, use a hands-free device, such as an earpiece, dashboard system or speakerphone. Keep in mind that NSC emphasizes that, “hands-free is not risk-free.”
- Set an example for children before they ever get behind the wheel by maintaining a distraction-free environment every time you’re on the road.
- Educate teen drivers and other new drivers on the dangers and consequences, such as inadvertently causing a death and being charged with vehicular manslaughter, of distracted driving.
- Be aware and inform others of the texting and driving laws in your state.
- If you notice a distracted driver on the road, keep your distance. If you can safely do so, alert the authorities to dangerous situations.
By setting a good example with distraction-free driving, you can positively impact those around you – and keep the ones you love safe. To learn other positive driving behaviors that can make the road a safer and friendlier place, read about the Drive It Forward Fridays (#DIFF) movement.