Responsible Driving

Four tips to ensure responsible driving for adults and teens.

| September 24, 2012

  • Driving Tips
    Following four simple rules makes it easy to drive responsibly.
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  • Driving Tips

In today’s fast-paced and hectic world, most people are constantly looking for ways to squeeze as much as possible from each second of the day, and time spent in the car is no exception. Eating, cell phone use and even adjusting vehicle controls are all some of the major tasks distracting America’s drivers.

To help remind all drivers that crossing the finish line responsibly is priority No. 1, Motorola Mobility is teaming up with NASCAR racing legend Kyle Petty.

“If I’ve learned anything after more than three decades in racing, it’s the importance of keeping two hands on the wheel,” says Petty. “There are some simple tips to consider that will help you stay responsible behind the wheel.”

Buckle up. Forty-nine states and Washington, D.C. have mandatory seat belt laws, and statistics show seat belt use is increasing. In 2011, use of seat belts was estimated at 84 percent nationwide. Even so, certain groups, like new drivers, are less likely to buckle up, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. To research vehicle laws in your area, including safety belt and child restraint laws, visit

Obey the law. Do your homework. 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, a list of cell phone and texting laws state-by-state is available at

Eliminate distractions. Mobile phones can be a distraction for drivers, especially when used for texting. In fact, cell phone use while driving has increased significantly within the last few years, with as many as 10 percent of drivers using a hand-held device, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety.

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