Tips for Staying Focused on the Road

By Tonka Dobreva 08.29.2016 interact

The Effects of Distracted Driving

Did you know that writing or reading a text message takes your eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. And if you are driving at 55 miles per hour, that’s like driving the length of a football field – blindfolded!

That’s according to, the official US Government website for preventing distracted driving. Experts also say that if you text and drive, your chances of getting into a car accident are 20 percent higher than drivers who pay undivided attention to the road. But it’s not just texting that’s the culprit — by talking on you cell phone, you are cutting the brain activity devoted to driving by 37 percent!

Yet, according to, 78 percent of young people admit to having read a text while driving, and 71 percent say they have sent a text message while driving.

Know the Law

Girl Talking On Mobile Phone While Driving The Car.

You can check out an interactive map that outlines the state laws on cell phone use and texting while driving here.

Tips for Staying Focused on the Road

The United Services Automobile Association’s Educational Foundation lists the following sets of rules to keep you focused:

  • Don’t use a cell phone except in an emergency. This includes making calls and texting.
  • Don’t eat, drink or smoke.
  • Don’t apply make-up or do any other personal grooming tasks.
  • Don’t read maps or GPS devices — have a fellow passenger assist you, and if you are driving alone, pull over to a safe location.
  • Don’t engage in lengthy or loud conversations. Do ask your passengers to keep their noise level down. Save serious discussions for another time and place.
  • Don’t adjust vehicle controls like the interior temperature or radio stations.
  • Don’t pick up items that have fallen on the floor or elsewhere.
  • Keep your mind and your eyes on the road!

You can also make a commitment to drive phone-free today.



  1. Josh

    leave you’re phone off or if you have kids just let them play on it

  2. Leattrice

    having your phone in the back seat or power OFF!

  3. Corbin Mills

    All you have to do is get off your cell phone

  4. ariel mitchell

    i think that it is very dangerous to drive and text on the phone or even be talking on the phone because you never know if somebody could just pull out in front of you or even see you and they hit you because they wasn’t paying attention and texting or talking on the phone when my mother is driving and she gets a phone call i answered her phone for her and when she get a message i text them back not here that is why it is dangerous so DON”T BE DUMB AND DRIVE AND TEXT OR BE TALKInG ON THE PHONE that even goes for looking through your music

  5. Matthew Risenhoover

    That is crazy. As a teen driver it is very important to watch the road when you drive. However I don’t think “labeling” teens is the best way to stop them from distracted driving.

  6. connor3023

    Hi, Channel One. We watch your show every day. My class had a chat about teen driving. We think kids should stop using there phones and put it on vibrate. Please reply… #PHONESONVIBRATE

    • Jayden Phillips

      #PHONESONVIBRATE should be on every social media and car companies should block the driver from having their phone until the car is in park

  7. Zachary Barto

    I think that to stop teens from distractive driving that someone should create a car that powers your car by putting your phone in a slot of the car so it charges the phone while driving.

    • NEZ

      I agree with Zach

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