Tips To Avoid Distracted Driving
Distracted Driving is easily the most common cause of most vehicle accidents that have occurred over the last several years. One of the reasons for this increase is the growing dependence that the public has on their smartphones. Today everyone has a need to be constantly connected, answering texts and phone calls is an impulse that people have difficulty controlling even when they are behind the wheel.
However, taking your eyes away from the wheel for even as little as two seconds can be enough to result in dire consequences. In fact, a 2011 Harris poll showed that almost half of the drivers 35 years old or under admit to using their cell phones to text while they drive. As a result, several states have made texting and driving illegal but since the issue still continues we want to share a few tips to help you refrain from texting while driving.
1.) Designated Texter – When you go out drinking you always make sure to have a designated driver so that you don’t get behind the wheel while under the influence. This same ideal can be applied to texting. Assign a designated texter to answer your texts for you while you are behind the wheel.
2.) Plan Ahead – Make sure to take care of any communication before you begin your drive, such as a last bit of gossip, a question for mom, or plugging the address of your destination into your GPS. The more you take care of before starting your drive the less you will be tempted to handle while behind the wheel.
3.) Silence/Hide Phone – The sound of a text message notification or a ringtone has the ability to easily trigger a sudden urge to grab your phone and look to see who is trying to reach you. Therefore, a good idea is to put your phone on silent mode so that you do not hear the notifications coming through and thus are not tempted to answer them. You can also try putting your phone somewhere out of reach such as the glove compartment, or in the backseat so that there is no possibility of your looking at it until you stop.
4.) Pull Over – If you absolutely must make a phone call or text while you are on the road, find a safe place to pull over before doing so. It is better to take the time out to perform these tasks while not moving then to risk doing them and driving at the same time.
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