Put your willpower in drive.
Ditch the driving distractions.

Willpower. We all have it.

It’s what helps us make positive changes again and again, so we can reach our goals. In fact, in the last couple of years, many of us have found ways to make changes in the parts of our lives that matter most. Focusing on our health and wellness, as well as the wellbeing of others, has become a priority. And now that we’re getting back out there, it’s time to bring that same level of consideration and mindfulness behind the wheel, too.

After all, distracted driving is dangerous. Whether it’s your smartphone, touchscreen, food, drink, or passengers in the back seat, there’s always something trying to take our attention away from the road. But the better we get at ignoring those distractions, the safer the road becomes for everyone.

Whenever you get behind the wheel, don’t forget to take your willpower with you.

Hands-free is the way to be.

It is illegal to hold your cell phone in your hand while driving in VA, MD and D.C.

Put your willpower into drive.

Before you go

The best way to overcome temptations while driving is to plan ahead. Before you leave, take care of as much as possible to help minimize distractions.

  • Put your phone in driving mode
  • Set up the navigation to your destination
  • Make sure your pets and belongings are safely secured
  • Adjust seats, mirrors and climate controls
  • Ensure children are properly fastened in the correct safety seat
  • Provide children with activities to occupy them
Behind the wheel

Make a commitment to yourself not to multi-task while driving. Driving safely requires your full concentration. Lives are at stake, which is why you should:

  • Know it’s now illegal to hold your cell phone in your hand while driving in VA, MD, and D.C.
  • Pull over to a safe place if you must respond to a text or email
  • Have a passenger manage tasks whenever possible
  • Remind children that for everyone’s safety, they cannot have your attention until the vehicle is stopped.
& Especially when

While it’s important to avoid distractions every time you drive, it’s even more critical when external factors beyond your control come into play. Know how to receive road condition information and always watch for on-road advisories. Slow down and pay special attention when:

  • Driving through a work zone
  • Roads are slick, or visibility is affected
  • Traffic is particularly heavy
  • Driving near crosswalks, school zones or when children are getting on or off a school bus

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