According to the NHTSA - data from the 2011 National Occupant Protection Use Survey on Driver Electronics Use indicates that at any given daylight moment across America, there are about 660,000 drivers using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving.
To prevent distracted driving, the Department of Transportation recommends that drivers:
- Turn off electronic devices and put them out of reach before starting to drive.
- Be good role models for young drivers and set a good example. Talk with your teens about responsible driving.
- Speak up when you are a passenger and your driver uses an electronic device while driving. Offer to make the call for the driver, so his or her full attention stays on the driving task.
- Always wear your seat belt. Seat belts are the best defense against other unsafe drivers.