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DRV NOW, TXT L8TR Prevention Tips 

10 Ways to Avoid Distracted Driving

The reality about car crashes is that they are the most common cause of death and injury. Still, we continue to distract ourselves while we drive. Wouldn't it make more sense to focus on ways to prevent these collisions rather than convince ourselves that it won't happen to us? Many of you took of first step in overcoming your addiction to electronic communication by taking the DRV NOW, TXT L8TR pledge. Now let's work on resisting the temptation to reach for the phone when you hear that magic bell sound. With these tips in mind, we can all be a little safer on the roads.

  1. Put your phone on vibrate and store it in a backpack, purse, glove box or anywhere but the front seat.
  2. Purchase a speaker phone or hands free device to avoid holding the phone while driving and on a call.
  3. Instead of checking the news on your phone, go old school and tune in to news radio.
  4. Purchase or rent audio books to listen to in the car rather than reading them on your phone or electronic book device.
  5. If your phone has the feature, program an automated message to respond to missed calls and texts.
  6. Have a friend in the car answer or reply to a text or call for you.
  7. Use a GPS device that audibly speaks out directions rather than reading them from your phone.
  8. If you have a smart phone, seek out and install an application that allows voice texting or blocks texting while driving.
  9. Use an egrip® Non-slip Strip© on your phone to keep it safely on the dash and out of your hand while driving without it sliding around in your car.
  10. If all else fails and it cannot wait, pull over to a safe place or rest stop and send your text message with the car in park.