Cynthia Brough: Driving is a privilege millions of Americans enjoy, but not every driver travels with safety in mind. Here are AAA's tips to help you drive safely and with confidence. It is the driver's responsibility to keep eyes, mind and body fully focused on the task of driving. Assign a passenger to be the designated texter, talker, and navigator.
If traveling alone, pull over to a safe location to use your cell phone or navigation device. Get 7 to 9 hours of rest and avoid driving during hours when you usually sleep. Take a break every 100 miles or two hours. If you feel tired while driving, pull over to a safe location and take a 20 to 30 minute nap.
While driving, be aware of your surroundings and use good judgment. Map your route and time it appropriately, so you're not stuck in unfamiliar places late at night, if an emergency does arise. Watch your gas tank level and plan to fill up when needed, running out of gas is easily avoidable.
When you stop for gas or to rest, take a cell phone and keep it with you at all times with just a few precautions and a little planning, we can make the road a safer place for yourself and other drives.