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WHAT IS DISTRACTED DRIVING?

· Smoking

· Moving objects

· Using devices/controls to operate the vehicle

· Adjusting audio or climate controls

· Eating or drinking

· Using or reaching for a device brought into the car

· Other occupants

· Outside person, object, or event

· Cellphone use

· Generally distracted or “lost in thought”

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TIPS TO PREVENT DISTRACTED DRIVING

· Make adjustments before you begin your trip.  Address your GPS, seats, mirrors, climate controls, and sound systems before hitting the road.

· Secure children and pets before getting underway.  If they need your attention, pull off the road safely to care for them.

· Put aside electronic distractions. Never use cell phones while driving. 

· 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.

· 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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FACTS ABOUT TEXTING AND DRIVING

· 5 seconds is the minimal amount of attention that a driver who texts takes away from the road. If traveling at 55 mph, this equals driving the length of a football field without looking at the road.

· Texting makes a crash up to 23 times more likely.

· Teens who text while driving spend 10% of the time outside their lane.

· 19% of drivers of all ages admit to surfing the web while driving.

· 40% of teens say that they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone.

· The most recent National Occupant Protection Use Survey finds that women are more likely than men to reach for their cell phones while driving.

· 9 in 10 teens expect a reply to a text within five minutes or less, which puts pressure on them to respond while driving.

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 For more information contact the Office of Community Health at (630)483-5665 or email health@hanover-township.org