Cell phones have become such a regular part of our lives that we barely even notice when we’re using them. We use them in the bathroom, we use them at the dinner table, we use them while we’re walking around, and we even use them while we’re driving sometimes. That last part is a problem though. Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous things a motorist can do behind the wheel. It’s arguably even more dangerous than driving under the influence.
Keep Your Eye on the Road:
According to The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), “advancements in smart phone technology have created the biggest distraction for drivers, whether it’s texting, taking pictures, emailing, or using apps.” OTS estimates that up to 54% of drivers confess to either being hit, or experiencing near misses, with a driver who was texting or talking on the phone. Statistically speaking, a collision is three times more likely to happen when drivers are distracted. This is why it should come as no surprise that using phones while driving is against the law. Here are a few tips on how to stop yourself from texting and driving:
1. Put Your Phone Out of Reach: If you can’t help but pick up your phone when you drive, try storing it far away every time you enter the car. Take it out of your pocket and shut it in the trunk. That’s a guarantee you won’t have to deal with your phone at all.
2. Activate Silent Mode: Keeping your phone on vibrate or silent mode is a convenient way to stay connected without actually staring at your phone. This setting allows people to receive messages or notifications without being distracted by them.
3. Switch off Your Cell Phone: If you’re worried about losing sight of your phone, you still have the option of switching it off and keeping it in your pocket or purse. Not only is this a great way to avoid distracted driving, but it also conserves battery life.
4. Use an App: Sometimes technology is the best option to solve problems in life, which is why you should consider downloading apps which prevent texting while driving. These apps can be configured to temporarily lock you out of the texting features on your phone, or send automatic replies to any incoming messages.
5. Let People Know You’ll be Driving: If there’s someone you like to text often, let them know not to send any messages because you’ll be driving. If they care about your safety, they’ll respect your wishes so that you can concentrate on safety.
The only instance in which you should ever use a mobile device in a car is if you’re contacting first responders for help during an emergency situation. If you absolutely must use your phone, pull over safely away from moving traffic, bring the vehicle to a complete stop, and then proceed with your communication discretely. For more information, visit our website or give us a call at 1-800-639-7654 to find out how Adriana’s Insurance Services can help you stay safe. We got you covered!