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3 tips for avoiding distracted driving

Lawmakers in South Carolina are ready to crack down on drivers who use their cell phones while behind the wheel. Some have proposed legislation that would outlaw even touching a phone outside a single touch to end a phone call. 

Even without laws, drivers need to be aware of the dangers of using a cell phone while driving. It greatly increases the driver's chances of being in a car accident, putting other people's safety at risk, as well. However, distracted driving encompasses more than texting and driving. Here are other ways you can be a safer driver. 

1. Avoid hands-free calling

Many drivers do not see the harm in talking to someone via Bluetooth. Both of the driver's hands remain on the wheel. The problem with this is that the driver's mind is not 100 percent focused on the road. Car accidents can happen easily because a driver became distracted. You do not want to partake in any phone calls about serious subject matter while driving because you will focus on the conversation rather than traffic. 

2. Put your phone on silent

You may not start a texting conversation while driving, but you can still receive alerts from other people. These pings can distract you. You may not see the harm in quickly looking at your phone to see what someone had to say. Taking your eyes off the road for even a second can result in a collision. By putting your phone on silent, you will not hear those pings, so you can stay more focused. 

3. Enter your presets ahead of time

Many people are reliant on their phones' GPS systems to get to where they need to go. Before you leave your driveway, enter your destination so your phone is ready to go once you hit the road. The same rule applies to any music you want to play. 

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