Drivers make an average of 20 decisions for every mile of driving. A distracted driver is 23 times more likely to cause or be the victim of a car accident. With that in mind, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) hopes that National Distracted Driving Awareness Month will make drivers think twice about picking up their cell phones while driving.
Young drivers came of age in the electronic era. For these young people, they cannot remember a time without cell phones. Federal regulators hope to drive home the message that behind the wheel is no place to use a cell phone. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), 16 percent of all teenage drivers killed in 2009 were using cell phones at the time of the car crash.
The smartest and safest thing to do is to avoid cell phone use while driving. Here are some ways to stay safe behind the wheel.
- Create a special outgoing voicemail message that tells callers you are driving.
- Turn off your phone before you get in the car and place it in the back seat or somewhere else out of reach.
- If you have a passenger, give them the phone to answer incoming calls.
- If you need to use the phone, pull over or into a parking lot to make the call.
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