Did you know distracted driving has the same deadly consequences as drinking and driving? Distracted driving refers to any activity that diverts the driver’s attention, including talking or texting on a phone, eating and drinking, conversing with a vehicle’s passengers, or adjusting stereo, entertainment or navigation systems. Sending or reading a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for approximately five seconds, making it the most dangerous distraction. At 55 mph, this is equivalent to driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed. Learn more at AAA.com/dontdrivedistracted.

Tips to avoid distracted driving:

  • Place a mobile device out of sight to prevent temptation.
  • If using a navigation system, program the destination before driving.
  • If you have to call or text while driving, pull off the road safely and stop first.
  • Use the help of passengers to navigate, make a call or send a message.
  • Be a good passenger and speak out if you feel the driver of your vehicle may be distracted.
  • Set up your phone to minimize distractions while driving.