Handheld cell use illegal when driving

Date Published: 2013-08-07

Contact: Damon Hodge

Phone: (702) 385-6509

Title: Use These Driving Tips to Help You Stay Safe This Summer

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LAS VEGAS - Nevada summers can bring harsh and constantly-changing weather conditions, from temperatures topping 100 degrees and blustery, high winds to monsoonal weather and flash flooding. The Nevada Department of Transportation wants you to stay safe while driving this summer. To help reach the goal of zero fatalities on Nevada roads, NDOT encourages motorists to use the following safety precautions provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • Check the condition of your tires; look for wear and tear and cracking and replace tires, if necessary.
  • Monitor air pressure in all tires, including the spare (refer to the owners' manual for the proper pressure level).
  • Inspect belts and hoses to ensure they are in good shape with no signs of blisters, cracks, or cuts in the rubber.
  • Replace windshield wipers, which may be worn after winter storms and spring rains.
  • Check coolant level; if it's time to have your cooling system flushed and refilled, then do so.
  • Check oil level; as with coolant, if it's time to have the oil changed, then do so.
  • Check headlights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers and interior lights.
  • Check the performance of the air conditioning unit before traveling.
  • Make sure you inflate your tires to the recommended pressure when towing a trailer.
  • Never leave children alone in the car-not even at the convenience store with the engine running.
  • Make sure you walk around your vehicle before you get in it and back out of a driveway or parking spot.
  • Make sure to lock vehicle doors at all times when not in use.
  • Buckle up. Every trip. Every time.

On The Road: The best way to stay focused while driving is to avoid fatigue. Schedule your trip to allow for frequent breaks. Stop for food or beverages, pull over at rest stops, stay overnight at a hotel/motel and share the driving duties.

Share the Road: Warm weather attracts different types of roadway users, including motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. As such, traffic safety professionals recommend the following precautions:

  • If you expect to see motorcycles or pedestrians, especially at intersections, you are more likely to detect them.
  • Pedestrians can be hard to see, so stay alert and slow down if you can't see clearly.
  • Stop for pedestrians who are in a crosswalk, even if it is not marked.
  • When you are turning, please wait for traffic and pedestrians to clear the intersection and then proceed to turn.
  • Be especially attentive around schools and in neighborhoods where children are active.

Distracted Driving: For everyone's safety, avoid distractions while behind the wheel. Distracted driving can be anything that pulls your attention away from driving, including using a cell phone, texting while driving, eating, drinking, talking with passengers and using in-vehicle technologies and portable electronic devices.

Emergency Roadside Kit: Even well-maintained vehicles break down, so it's advisable to bring an emergency roadside kit with you. Suggested contents include but are not limited to: a cell phone (for emergency use only), first-aid kit, flashlight, flares, white flag, jumper cables, jack for changing a tire, work gloves, change of clothes, basic repair tools, duct tape, a jug of water, paper towels, nonperishable food, drinking water, medicines and maps.