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Avoiding Distractions Behind the Wheel

According to a University of Utah study, drivers talking on cell phones are as impaired as those driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% — the legal limit for driving under the influence. With April designated as Distracted Driving Awareness Month, here are five tips to help keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road to enjoy a safer driving experience:

  1. Turn off your phone in the car. Even a hands-free phone is a distraction.

  2. Use apps that block text messages and monitor smartphone use while the car is moving.

  3. Use a voice-activated GPS to avoid looking at an onscreen map and program it before you leave the driveway.

  4. Never reach down or behind the driver's seat for a fallen object while your car is moving. Pull over when it's safe, then look for the item.

  5. Don't eat or drink while driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates doing so increases the risk of having an accident by up to 80.

NJM Insurance Group’s Commitment to Safety

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  1. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “Distracted Driving,”

  2. “Distracted Driving Awareness Month,”

  3. “Three Types of Driving Distractions,”

Our Safety Center pages are filled with tips related to the safety and maintenance of your home and autos. The information contained in these articles should not be construed as professional advice, and is not intended to replace official sources. Other resources linked from these pages are maintained by independent providers; therefore, NJM cannot guarantee their accuracy.