Extensive research shows the dangers of distracted driving. Nevertheless, drivers have largely ignored this research. Studies show that drivers overestimate their own ability to safely multitask, even as they worry about the dangers of others doing it.
- Get to know your cell phone and its features, such as speed dial and redial.
- When available, use a hands-free device.
- Position your cell phone within easy reach where you can grab it without taking your eyes off of the road.
- Suspend conversations during hazardous driving conditions or situations.
- Do not take notes or look up phone numbers while driving.
- Dial sensibly and assess the traffic. Stay in the right-hand lane, where driving may be less demanding. If possible, place calls when you are not moving or before pulling into traffic.
- Do not engage in stressful or emotional conversations. Keep calls short and factual. BI