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Tips for breaking distracted driving habits

Distracted drivers are blamed for tens of thousands of traffic accidents every year.

HOUSTON — The DPS says the pickup driver who slammed into a car in Bastrop over the weekend might have been distracted. 

They say 18-year-old Juan Jose Hernandez didn't try to brake until the last second before the crash that killed three young siblings from Huntsville and a family friend. 

Nine people die every day in crashes involving distracted drivers, according to The Centers for Disease Control.

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, to help remind all drivers about the dangers we create on the road.

It starts with your cellphone. Put away your phone. If you use GPS for directions, punch in your destination before you put your car in drive.

Don't try to eat or drink while you're driving. A spilled cup of coffee could cause you to take your hands off the wheel and lose control.

Put away anything that might roll around the inside of your car while you're driving. Especially if it could fall to the floor and stop you from hitting the brake or gas.

There are also apps to silence your phone calls and keep your text messages from going through while you're driving.

CDC also suggests families sign a contract that they'll focus on the road.

Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Drivers, a campaign from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), helps parents, pediatricians and communities reduce teen driving injuries and deaths.

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