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The dog days of summer bring the promise of travel and exploring and, with the lowest gas prices in more than a decade, more Americans than ever are hitting the road. Drivers in the U.S. covered 3.1 trillion miles in 2015—more miles than any other time in U.S. history. Higher employment rates are adding to the traffic, with more people commuting to and from work every day. Congestion on the road, heat-related tire blowouts and road construction all contribute to more dangerous driving conditions.

Did You Know?

660K drivers in the U.S. are using cell phones or electronic devices while driving at any given moment during the day.

But it’s not just what’s happening outside the vehicle that contributes to accidents. In a recent study, researchers from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that nearly a quarter of surveyed drivers were engaged in other activity while behind the wheel. The most common distracted driving behaviors were holding or talking on a cell phone, followed by eating or drinking.

For your own safety, as well as the safety of others, it’s important to take steps to minimize distractions while you’re in the driver’s seat. Here are some tips.

Turn Off Your Phone If you’re planning an unusually long trip, consider recording a message telling callers that you’ll return their calls when you’re off the road. If you’re expecting an important call or text, give your phone to a passenger and let him or her handle it for you. (If you need to talk or check messages, pull over.) Don’t even think about texting and driving! If you take your eyes off the road for as little as five seconds, the minimum amount of time for sending a text, traveling at 55 mph, it’s the equivalent of driving the length of a football field with your eyes off the road.

Plan Your Route Beforehand Plot your route before you go, and pull off the road if you need to review directions along the way. If you’re using a GPS, keep it in a place that won’t require you to take your eyes off the road. If you’re road tripping with a passenger, agree to switch driving shifts. That way you can take turns napping, eating and navigating.

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Limit Passengers—Including Pets A bunch of friends in the car can be a dangerous distraction. It’s safer to split into more than one vehicle. If you have a teenager, remember that most states’ graduated driver licensing laws don’t allow teens to drive without a supervising adult with other teenage passengers during their first months of driving solo. Pets can also be a hazard, so secure them during your trip (and not in the driver’s lap).

Set Your Tunes Before You Drive If you listen to music through a mobile device or MP3 player, set it up before you drive, or let your radio’s preset buttons play DJ for you.