I am guilty of it. I know many people who are guilty of it. Texting and driving can be very distracting. It is also illegal in the state of California. Though the consequence of being caught texting while driving is minimal to say the least, the damage that can be caused can be devastating. Texting takes your attention from the road and can lead to an accident. Any car accident lawyer can tell you that even though people know this, they text and drive anyway. I see so many people on my way to and from work on their phones all the time. Below, we put together some tips on how to prevent texting and driving; especially during the summer season. If you have been injured in an accident, contact a car accident attorney in our office, consultations are free!
Car Accident Lawyer | Preventing Texting & Driving
One of the first steps to preventing texting and driving is to eliminate the temptation to text. Easier said than done. As I know a lot of us use our phones for GPS services, streaming music, etc. Here are some ways to eliminate the temptation of texting and driving:
Silence your Phone
A good way to prevent texting and driving is to silence your phone. If you do not need to use GPS services, you can turn your phone off. Though our car accident attorney does not suggest turning your phone off in case of an emergency, silencing or putting it in airplane mode will also work. This will help you to not hear texts to social media notifications. If you do not hear your notifications, you are less likely to be tempted to look at them and respond.
Store out of Reach
Sometimes, I have to put my phone in my glove box when I am driving. There are times when I want to check Facebook or Instagram when I am on the road, even though I know they both can wait. Placing your phone out of reach while driving will help if you are ever tempted to reach for it. Try placing it in the trunk, glove box, center console, behind your seat, etc. However, if you do decide to store it away, make sure you will not reach to these places when you are driving. Trying to grab something that is out of reach is dangerous and can cause an accident.
Using Technology on your Phone
Every phone comes with a “Do Not Disturb” button as well as airplane mode. These tools will be very helpful to you when you are driving. These make it so no calls, texts, social media alerts. This can eliminate distractions and reduce the risk of an accident. However, if you put your phone on “Do Not Disturb” you can allow exceptions. This will make it so your family members can call in the case of an emergency.
There are apps that you can download and use that will help prevent texting and driving. Some of these apps will block all texts and/or calls while you are on the road. Some of these apps include Live2Txt, SafeDrive, Drivemode, and DriveSafe.ly.
You can also use voice commands. Sometimes, when I am driving and I receive a text, I will use my voice to text option. It is not that difficult to work and you can text using only your voice. Even when you are driving – and it is virtually handsfree. Further, before trying this, determine how the voice text functions on your phone works. Having to look at the phone and figure it out will defeat the purpose of this handsfree option.
Assessing the Risk
Every time you get the urge to text and drive, you not only put yourself in potential danger, but the drivers around you as well. Ask yourself “is reading this text or checking this notification worth the risk of an accident?” By thinking about the risks, it can help you get out of the habit of reaching for your phone. This will also help you learn patience. Nothing is ever more important than safety on the road.
Another way to combat this is, if there are any passengers in your car, you can easily have them text, talk to, or navigate to where you need to go.
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