Distracted Driving is Dangerous Driving
Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking on the phone or texting, fiddling with the stereo or navigation system, eating and drinking, or talking to people in your vehicle.
Taking your eyes off the road for 5 seconds at 55mph is like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed. You cannot drive safely unless the task of driving has your full attention. Any non-driving activity you engage in is a potential distraction and increases your risk of crashing.
Turn Down the Stereo
Focusing on music or changing the radio station or playlist takes concentration away from driving. If you must adjust music or your navigation system, pull over to a safe location and park your car. Avoid taking your hands off the wheel and your eyes off the road.
- Adjust your vehicle’s controls (radio, playlist, volume, climate controls, seat, etc.) before you begin to drive.
- Take advantage of normal stops to adjust controls.
- Ask your passenger to adjust the radio, climate control, navigation system, etc. for you.
Check your volume before driving and be sure to always play music at a level that is not distracting. In California, it is illegal to wear headphones or earplugs in both ears when driving a vehicle or riding a bicycle.
For more information on distracted driving, visit the City Website.