How to combat distracted driving in your Subaru

National Distracted Driving Awareness Month is technically in April, but at Fairfield Subaru in Fairfield CA, we want to make sure you're focused on safe driving all year. In case you missed information during the month, here are some tips for new drivers and reminders for "veteran" commuters to help everyone stay safer on the Napa roads or wherever your Subaru travels take you.

Distracted Driving and Devices

Smartphones are useful, but they can be dangerous when you're behind the wheel. That's why it's important to take care of the following smartphone tasks before you head out in Walnut Creek:

  • Queue up your playlist
  • Enter your directions into our map app
  • Text your friends/family to let them know you're leaving to meet them
  • Take your Instagram Story video while parked (please!)

All new Subaru models have standard Bluetooth. Link your smartphone up to the system so you can take hands-free calls if someone rings you when you're driving through downtown Sacramento. You should only have to do this once.

Speaking Up and Staying Mindful

In just 5 seconds you can travel the length of a football field if you're going 55 MPH, and that's about how long it takes to look down and type a simple text. If you have a friend who has trouble with distracted driving, offer to text or manage their smartphone for them. It might seem a bit "lame" to not let them - especially since it's their car- but we want everyone to make it home safe.

For parents reading this, remember that your kids learn from you. It's hard to enforce no-texting-while-driving rules if they see you on your phone whenever you get behind the wheel. While teens do have the highest rates of distracted driving, it's also crucial that we more seasoned drivers keep our habits in check and remember that driving a vehicle at any speed through Vacaville or busy Davis shouldn't be taken lightly, no matter how many years we have under our belt.

Advanced Safety Technology

All Subaru models have standard or available advanced safety technologies. Most can be found in the Subaru EyeSight® package and select models can get the new DriverFocus system that'll give you an alert if it can sense that you're drowsy or distracted.

These features are undoubtedly effective and have saved lives, but remember they should be used in conjunction with safe driving habits and not in place of them. If you have a teen that will be borrowing your Subaru, it might be a better idea to deactivate the features so they don't become reliant on them at the beginning.

We hope these reminders about distracted driving were helpful for you and your teen. Stay safe!

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