A recent study from the University of Minnesota found that talking on a cell phone while driving impairs one’s ability even more than driving while intoxicated. Talking on a cell phone and other driver distractions pose a major hazard to everyone on the road.
Here are key steps to minimize risks of distraction while driving:
• Do not talk on your cell phone or use the text messaging feature.
• If you absolutely must conduct a conversation, use a hands-free device and speed dial.
• Never touch up your makeup or hair in the rearview mirror.
• Limit your conversations with passengers and ask them to keep their voices downs o you can concentrate.
• Do not smoke while you are driving, as you will probably pay more attention to not burning yourself or putting out the cigarette than driving safely.
• Only adjust the radio or CD player when you are completely stopped.
• Never allow animals to sit on your lap while driving.
• Do not eat or drink while driving.
• Avoid reading maps or directions. Instead, pull into a parking lot to get your bearings and determine where you need to go next to reach your final destination.
• Do not take notes or search for phone numbers.
• Never use a cell phone (even with a hands-free device) in bad weather, work zones or heavy traffic