WHEN THE ENGINE STARTS, THE TEXTING STOPS
Everyone knows the dangers of drinking and driving, but what most people don't realize is that texting is becoming an even greater danger. While some might assume the problem is limited to teens, that's not the case. In fact almost half of all adults admit to texting while driving, compared to only 34% of teens. And distracted drivers were responsible for over 500,000 police-reported crashes last year. It's a growing issue that has the potential to impact all of us.
STAY FOCUSED ON SAFETY
Turn your phone off before you turn on your car.
Can't resist the sight of your cell? Put it in your trunk or glove box, or any place where you won't be able to reach it while driving. Be in control. Remember it's your phone. You decide if and when to send and read texts, so take control.
When taking longer trips, let friends, family and co-workers know you'll be out of touch with an email or through one of your social networks.
Use advanced car technologies to safely communicate and navigate while you're traveling.
Be caring. Never send a text message to a friend who is driving to meet you, or to anyone you know is likely behind the wheel. Be a BFF. Friends don't text and drive.
Let voicemail capture your voice and text messages.
If you have to call or text while driving, pull off the road and stop to take the call.
Recognize that text messaging can be an addition. Get support from your friends by letting them know you are working on breaking the texting habit.
Tips for Adults/Parents: