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It's time to commit yourself to never drive distracted

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Did you know that just FIVE seconds of texting or reading an email at 55MPH is like driving the entire length of a football field blindfolded?

You’ve got big things ahead of you, and it's easy to help keep your future looking bright. Just make the commitment to yourself to put down the phone, get where you’re headed in one piece!

AAA’s Top 10 Tips to Avoid Distractions While Driving

1. Fully focus on driving. Do not let anything divert your attention, actively scan the road, use your mirrors and watch out for pedestrians and cyclists.

2. Store loose gear, possessions and other distractions that could roll around in the car, so you do not feel tempted to reach for them on the floor or the seat.

3. Make adjustments before your get underway. Address vehicle systems like your GPS, seats, mirrors, climate controls and sound systems before hitting the road. Decide on your route and check traffic conditions ahead of time.

4. Finish dressing and personal grooming at home – before you get on the road.

5. Snack smart. If possible, eat meals or snacks before or after your trip, not while driving. On the road, avoid messy foods that can be difficult to manage.

Distracted driving kills an average of 9 people and injures over 1,000 every day. I promise to put down the phone and take the pledge to save lives — I promise to Disconnect & Drive!

6. Secure children and pets before getting underway. If they need your attention, pull off the road safely to care for them. Reaching into the backseat can cause you to lose control of the vehicle.

7. Put aside your electronic distractions. Don’t use cell phones while driving – handheld or hands-free – except in absolute emergencies. Never use text messaging, email functions, video games or the internet with a wireless device, including those built into the vehicle, while driving.

8. If you have passengers, enlist their help so you can focus safely on driving.

9. If another activity demands your attention, instead of trying to attempt it while driving, pull off the road and stop your vehicle in a safe place. To avoid temptation, power down or stow devices before heading out.

10. As a general rule, if you cannot devote your full attention to driving because of some other activity, it’s a distraction. Take care of it before or after your trip, not while behind the wheel.

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