It's April which means it's Distracted Driving Awareness Month. At Tom Ahl Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM FIAT, we want to remind our drivers to keep their eyes on the road and undistracted. So many things can interfere with your focus such as infotainment systems, eating, and the worst is cell phones. According to the National Security Council, more than 40,000 people were killed on nation's roadways last year. The major culprit was distracted driving. The good news is that these deaths can be 100% avoided.

Ways to Prevent Distracted Driving

Sometimes, we can feel our attention is needed in so many directions, that multitasking is critical. However, when behind a motor vehicle, all the focus belongs on the road. You are driving around tons of steel and metal that can turn lethal in a matter of seconds. We have some tips to practice safe driving.

  • Cell Phone: Fortunately, most smartphones these days come with a do not disturb option. Turn it on before you start driving so you won't be tempted when you hear your ringtone go off. Additionally, you can also silence your phone, or turn it off. Your messages and phone calls can wait! If it's extremely vital you have to make a call or text someone, safely pull off the road into a parking lot of spot to use your phone.
  • Eating Food: Snacking or having a meal while driving may be easy if you're short on time. However, this is keeping on hand on the wheel which is not best driving practices. Instead, snack or eat before you start driving, or wait until you've reached your final destinations. You can savor the food even more!
  • Drinking Alcohol: Drinking is a form of distracted driving because you're decision making and reaction time is impaired. There is no excuse to do this and get behind the wheel. If you know you're going to be drinking, ask someone to be the designated driver or call a cab.
  • Infotainment System: Changing music, skimming through applications, and other features included on infotainment monitors are all forms of distracted driving. This is because your eyes are averted from the road. Voice commands can help if your vehicle is equipped with it. You can use the monitor and voice commands only if the vehicle is not in motion (such as at a red light) and is safe.

We hope you'll remember these tips and apply them to your daily routine. We value our residents and shoppers. Our goal is to encourage all to engage in defensive driving. Please contact us at (888) 608-3472 if you have any questions.

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