2005 Commercial Driver’s License Manual for CMV drivers who engage in texting while driving than for those who do not. Sending or receiving text takes your eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. At 55 mph, you would travel 371 feet, or the length of an entire football field – without looking at the roadway. 2.9.6 – Don’t Drive Distracted Your goal should be to eliminate all in-vehicle distractions before driving begins. Accomplishing this goal can be done by Assessing all potential in-vehicle distractions before driving Developing a preventative plan to reduce/eliminate possible distractions Expecting distractions to occur Discussing possible scenarios before getting behind the wheel Based on the assessment of potential distractions, you can formulate a preventative plan to reduce/eliminate possible distractions. If drivers react a half-second slower because of distractions, crashes double. Some tips to follow so you won’t become distracted Turnoff all communication devices. If you must use a mobile phone, make sure it is within close proximity, that it is operable while you are restrained, use an earpiece or the speakerphone function, use voice-activated dialing or use the hands-free feature. Drivers are not in compliance if they unsafely reach fora mobile phone, even if they intend to use the hands-free function. Do not type or read a text message on a mobile device while driving. Familiarize yourself with your vehicle’s features and equipment, before you get behind the wheel. Adjust all vehicle controls and mirrors to your preferences prior to driving. Pre-program radio stations and pre-load your favorite CDs. Clear the vehicle of any unnecessary objects and secure cargo. Review maps, program the GPS and plan your route before you begin driving. Don’t attempt toreador write while you drive. Avoid smoking, eating and drinking while you drive. Leave early to allow yourself time to stop to eat. Don’t engage in complex or emotionally intense conversations with other occupants. Secure commitment from other occupants to behave responsibly and to support the driver in reducing distractions.