Distracted Driving is a Growing Risk — let’s stop it NOW!

You’ve seen them, the videos and commercials warning about the dangers of texting and driving. But do you REALLY pay attention?
The danger is actually from any type of DISTRACTED DRIVING, and the danger is very, very real. While teen drivers are more susceptible to this due to their lack of experience, ALL drivers are at risk. Here are some things you can do to keep from getting distracted while driving. Simple, but can save lives!
• Do not text or use cell phones. If you need to use your cell phone, stop in a safe parking area.
• Avoid arguments or distracting conversations with passengers.
• Leave a little early to allow yourself time to stop to eat.
• Be sure children are properly and safely buckled up and give them books, toys or games to occupy their time.
• Properly secure pets in a pet carrier BEFORE moving your vehicle.
• Adjust vehicle controls, such as mirrors, heat or air conditioning, before you begin your trip. Take advantage of normal stops to adjust controls, or ask your passenger to adjust controls.
• Review maps and plan your route before you begin driving. If you need to look at a map stop in a safe parking area.
• Do not talk with occupants of other vehicles.
• Do not wear headphones to listen to music.
BOTTOM LINE: Stay focused, pay attention, expect the unexpected.