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Can you plan ahead to avoid distracted driving?

If you have to commute to your job each day in New Jersey, you have probably encountered times where the temptation to multitask while driving is quite appealing. You may even feel justified with your decision if the road around you is not busy or if you are confident in your ability to maintain attention on the road. However, distracted driving is deadly and even the simplest of tasks can create a major danger. Fortunately, there are proactive things you can do to lessen your temptation to drive distracted. 

Farmers Insurance suggests that you ask for help to do certain things if you have other passengers in your vehicle. For example, you could ask your passengers to read you instructions to a destination, to change the radio station and even for help opening your water bottle. Other tips they recommend to keep you safe from the temptation to drive distracted include the following:

  • Do not use your phone at all while driving. 
  • When talking with passengers, avoid topics that evoke deep emotion.
  • If you are traveling someplace new, have your directions ready to go for brief and convenient access. 
  • Utilize resources that encourage you not to use your phone. Many smartphones have software that allows you to disable usage while driving. 

If you come across an urgent need while driving, do not be afraid to pull to the side of the road to take care of your business without putting yourself or others in harm's way. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. 

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