April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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AURORA - April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

AAA is taking the opportunity to warn drivers to "put it down, don't text and drive, and avoid any activities that divert attention" away from the road.

In a recent AAA Consumer Pulse survey, the majority of Illinois residents (93%) stated that texting while driving was their number one concern, followed by driving when tired (84%), talking on a hands-free cell phone (73%) and grooming (78%).

AAA is offering five tips designed to help you avoid the temptation to text and drive.

1. Silence your cell phone and turn off the vibration mechanism: Airplane mode is a setting available on many mobile phones. When activated, it suspends many of the device's signal transmitting functions, thereby disabling the phone's capacity to place or receive calls or use text messaging.  

2. Ask for help: Remind the people in your vehicle to be a good passenger and enlist their help. Ask your passengers to handle tasks such as texting, placing a call or programming your GPS.   

3. Ask family, friends and colleagues to respect your commute: Set mobile boundaries and ask them not to contact you during the hours of your commute.

4. Place your phone in the glove compartment or trunk: The old adage, ‘out of sight, out of mind’ can be applied here. Wait until you’re at your destination or safely pull into a gas station or rest area to check messages.

5. Download a safety app: Get some technological help. Many mobile safety apps can help discourage texting while driving.

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