Break The Habit Of Texting While Driving
The popularity of mobile devices has resulted in some unintentional and even fatal consequences. An alarming number of traffic accidents are linked to distracted driving, including use of mobile devices while driving, resulting in injury and loss of life. Below are various tips to help you to break the dangerous habit of texting while driving. Find the technique that works best for you!
Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Avoid the temptation to use your cellular phone while driving by storing your device in your pocket, purse or glove compartment upon entering your vehicle.
Download an App: Plenty of mobile applications are available for download, using various techniques to prevent users from texting while driving.
- AT&T DriveMode: automatically sends a customized reply to incoming texts, just like an “out-of-office” auto-reply. It also disables all incoming and outgoing calls and web browsing. Users manually enable the app before driving, thus participation is strictly voluntary.
- Textecution: uses GPS to determine the speed at which your car is moving. If you are traveling more than 10mph, the app will disable texting, so you cannot receive or respond to texts. You will be able to unlock messages when going less than 10 mph.
Silence is Golden: Put your phone on “Do Not Disturb” mode or choose to silence all notifications during your commute. The less you hear your phone, the less tempted you will be to respond while behind the wheel.
Designate a Texter: If a text must be read or drafted while you are driving, borrow thumbs from a friend. Passengers can enjoy the privilege of texting while in motion.
Plan Ahead: Make a habit of thinking about any texts you need to send before you begin your trip. Before you start the car, take a moment to think about what information you might need during the trip and ensure any text communication is completed.
Pull Over: If you are driving on a road with safe places to pull over, use them to stop and text. Gas stations and rest stops also have parking spots available for you to safely park your car.