Driving safety starts with one rule, pay attention to the road; yet every day, hundreds of car accidents are caused by people using their phones. This lack of judgment is instigated by the core belief that driving is a simple endeavor; however, the fact remains that texting while driving is 6x more likely to cause an accident than drunk driving. Therefore, putting your phone away while behind the wheel is crucial to your safety and the safety of others. If you have a hard time staying off your device while cruising down the I-5, here are some tips to keep your phone on hold.
Put Your Phone in Your Pocket While Driving
Nowadays (if you don’t have the cash to afford a phone stand,) people typically put their phone in their cup holder because it’s easy to reach. If you know that having your phone so easily accessible will cause you to text and drive, than make it a habit to put your phone in your pants pocket while driving.
- Put Your Phone on Silent
Putting your phone on silent while driving is like a mini-vacation from the outside world. As the old saying goes, “what you don’t know won’t hurt you,” and this is especially true when it comes to phone use and driving. If you don’t know that your friend just uploaded the cutest picture of a puppy to Instagram, then it won’t bother you that you’ll see it five minutes after it’s posted as opposed to five seconds.
- Plot Out Your Course Before You Start Your Car
When people are traveling to a nearby city, they will get in the car and start to drive towards the freeway before they put in their destination. Instead of waiting till you’re on the road, plot your course before you put your keys in the ignition.
- Use a Phone Lock
In the age of smartphones, being prepared to call the cops in the case of an emergency is no longer an excuse for keeping your phone “handy” while driving. Multiple applications allow users to put their phone in a “lock mode” that forfeits a person’s ability to use specific phone capabilities for a predetermined time. These apps typically allow users to make emergency phone calls but can block a person’s ability to text their friends. Thisis the perfect solution for someone who deals with hardcore phone withdrawals.
- Make a Driving Playlist
Searching for a song on Spotify can be just as distracting as texting your buddy. If you find yourself always looking for different songs than what you have playing, make a weekly playlist and stick to it. Retiring your “DJ” rights while behind the wheel awards you a safer trip!