Avoiding Crashes Due to Distracted Driving

Avoiding Crashes Due to Distracted Driving



  • Mobile devices (cell phone, tablet, laptop, etc.)
  • Navigation devices
  • Radio/CD/MP3 player
  • Roadside emergencies (crashes, stopped vehicles, etc.)
  • Billboards
  • Road signs
  • Vehicles in adjacent lanes
  • Pets
  • Sun glare


  • Talking or texting
  • Eating and drinking
  • Fatigue
  • Talking to passengers
  • Daydreaming
  • Festering on family or work issues
  • Taking controlled substances and/or over- the-counter cold medications


  • Program navigation device and radio before driving.
  • Be well rested.
  • Put mobile devices away before driving.
  • Send calls to voicemail.
  • Pull over if feeling ill or fatigued.
  • Set up a call-in schedule with dispatch and family.
  • Wait to return calls until parked in a safe location.
  • Do not bring pets on trips.
  • Reduce speed by 2-3 mph to increase perception and reaction time.
  • Obey all traffic laws, DOT regulations, and company policies.
  • Keep both hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
  • Make quick glances to mirrors and road signs.
  • Avoid caffeine and energy drinks.
  • Do not drive while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
  • Wear polarized sunglasses and use the sun visor.
  • Clean the windshield.
  • Drive protectively to defend against other distracted drivers.

Note: These lists are not intended to be all-inclusive.


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