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Pay Attention to Distracted Driving

Distracted drivers put themselves, their passengers, and other drivers at risk. The few seconds a driver's attention is diverted from the road is enough time to become involved in a crash. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, an excellent time to recognize distractions behind the wheel to ensure safer journeys.

Silence your phone: Pull over before using your phone for any reason.

Pre-program navigation and music: Whether you're inputting driving directions or choosing music for your ride, do it before you put your car in drive.

Secure passengers and pets: Be sure all passengers are wearing a seat belt/shoulder strap, and that pets are restrained or in a carrier.

Store personal items securely: Momentarily reaching for a bag or backpack while driving could put you at risk for a crash.

Avoid eating or drinking: Don't eat while driving. If you can't wait to eat, pull over to a rest area.

Do personal grooming at home: Combing your hair, applying makeup, and other personal grooming activities take your hands off the wheel and eyes off the road, increasing the risk of a crash.

Never drive tired or angry: Driving when fatigued or emotional can delay your braking reaction time.

Read NJM's Complete Guide to Recognizing Distractions

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