As stay-at-home orders are lifted and more drivers get back on the roads, we want to remind you that distracted driving is dangerous. Reading or sending text messages, talking on a cell phone, using a navigation system and eating while driving are a few examples of distracted driving. All of these distractions can put a driver and others on the road at risk.

Here are some tips to help you block distractions and keep your mind focused on driving:

  • Turn off your cell phone while driving. Not only is it distracting to text while driving, it’s also against the law in New Jersey. In fact, texting while driving is banned in 48 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Use a hands-free device if you need to be available to take a call while driving. Use it only in an emergency.
  • When driving with children or pets, make sure the kids are strapped into their seats and pets are in carriers. If they need your attention during the drive, pull off the road.
  • If you’re hungry, eat before or after you drive, but not while driving.
  • If you’re not sure of your directions, program your GPS device before you get on the road.

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