NABC® Drive Out Distraction Tips
Check out these tips from NASCAR star Erik Jones, who drives the No. 43 Chevy Camaro ZL1 for Richard Petty Motorsports, courtesy of Richard Petty Motorsports partner BASF.
- Don’t answer your phone or check messages while driving. Better yet, turn these devices off when you get into your car or put them in the console
- Hands-free technology doesn’t mean accident free – talking on the phone is still a distraction from the road
- Never text and drive! Texting takes your eyes and mind off the road and your hands off the wheel.
- Deal with distractions such as eating, putting on make-up, reading, combing your hair and checking messages before you hit the road.
- Be well rested before getting behind the wheel. If you are out late or too tired to drive home, sleep over or call Uber.
- Ensure you have clear directions to your destination and check them before you leave. Listen to your GPS device; don’t look at it.
- Adjust the seat, headrest, seatbelt, rear-view mirror, climate control, radio, etc. to your liking before you drive – and if you’re driving a rental car, make sure you’re familiar with all the controls in advance.
- Pull over if you need to make a call, check a message, deal with passengers, eat or drink.
- Tell everyone that for safety reasons, you no longer answer calls or respond to messages while driving.
- Ask passengers to keep chatter to a minimum and help you navigate.
- For young drivers, remind friends that safety comes first – no selfies in the car, seatbelts always in use and no distracting the driver.
- Install an app on their phone that block texts and phone calls when you are behind the wheel.
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