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Take these steps for safe driving

In today's fast-paced and hectic world, we often prioritize productivity over safety while driving. Eating, connecting with family and even completing beauty and grooming regimens are distracting drivers on America's roads. Consider these safety tips from Motorola to help ensure you reach your destination safely. Family Features

Buckle up: Forty-nine states and Washington, D.C., have mandatory seat belt laws, and seat belt use is increasing. In fact in recent years, seat belt use has climbed, from 69 percent in 1998 to 88 percent in 2009. Even so, certain groups — new drivers, people who have been drinking and nighttime drivers among them — are less likely to wear the life-saving devices, according to the National Safety Council.

Obey the law: Forty states have enacted laws with some type of ban on the use of hand-held devices while driving. If you're uncertain about the laws in your area, or if you're traveling and not clear on the regulations in an unfamiliar area, do your homework. There are a number of resources available, such as Motorola's Smart Handsfree app for phones powered by Android, which uses the location function to determine a user's state and display an overview of cell phone use laws.

Eliminate distractions: Mobile phones can be a distraction for drivers, especially when used for texting. Texting creates a cognitive distraction and simultaneously requires the driver to divert eyes and hands from the road and vehicle. However, a wide range of technology solutions are available to help drivers stay compliant with state and local laws while on the road. Hands-free devices, like the Motorola Roadster — an in-car speakerphone — make it easy to make or receive a call and hear or respond to a text message, keeping your hands on the wheel.

Practice good defense: It has been said that the best offense is good defense. That may be true on the football field, but it's also true on the road. Being a good defensive driver means being fully aware of your surroundings, including road conditions and other drivers. Heightened awareness means you are better able to react when the need arises, making you better prepared to prevent accidents and injuries.

Visit Motorola on Facebook,, where you can take Motorola's "Responsibility on the Road" pledge to show your commitment to responsible driving and receive 50 percent off select Motorola hands-free devices through Sunday.

Take these steps for safe driving 07/12/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 4:30am]
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