Texting and Driving

Texting and Driving - Tips for Staying Alert on the Road

Today, we have access to a myriad of devices that helps us do our jobs and communicate with others. But with new and improving technology comes technology dependence, and we are almost glued to our devices all day. Studies show that Americans collectively check their smartphones 8 billion times a day. While there are plenty of opportunities to text or scroll through social media throughout the day, many resort to their time driving a vehicle to answer texts. Our phones easily distract us from the road and can cause many dangerous and sometimes fatal accidents. In 2011 alone, at least 1.3 million of auto collisions involved cell phones. Here are some ways to prevent yourself from texting and driving the next time you’re behind the wheel.

Keep Your Phone Out of Reach
This is one of the most effective ways for drivers to avoid the temptation of checking their phones while traveling. The next time you’re on the road, keep your phone in your purse, bookbag, in the backseat, glove box, or trunk of your vehicle. This way, your phone will be harder to access and will prevent you from picking it up until after you’ve reached your destination.

Silence the Phone While Driving
It’s a habit to look over at our phone whenever we hear the “ding” of a text or email, or ringing whenever an incoming call pops up on the screen. But if our phones are silent and out of the way, we are less likely to reach for them. Switch your phone’s sound to “Silent” or turn your phone off completely in order to avoid temptation if a text comes through.

Designate a Passenger to Text for You
If you have a friend in your passenger seat, designate them as your “texter” during your travels. If you’re running late for a party, your passenger can text the party host for you. This way, you can tell your friend what to send on your behalf while your eyes remain fixed on the road.

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