It’s so easy to do. Just pick up your phone and send a quick message. It only takes a few seconds. Is it really so dangerous?
YES! It can be deadly to text or do anything else that distracts you while driving. As little time as it takes to send a message, it’s just as quick to lose control and be involved in a fatal accident.
In the United States alone, approximately 9 people are killed each day in car accidents that are reported to involve a distracted driver.* Equally important is the fact that 47 states, including Texas, now have laws in place prohibiting texting while driving. Not only do you risk your life and well-being, you risk the lives and well-being of those around you.
But the urge to text is real. It can be a hard habit to quit. What can you do to stop texting while you drive? Seriously think about the consequences and then follow these helpful tips to stop you from picking up your phone or other electronic device while you’re driving.
Set it to silent or do-not-disturb. If this doesn’t work, turn your phone off completely. The message will still be there once you’re done driving.
Place all devices out-of-reach (e.g. far backseat or glove compartment).
Set up Bluetooth access through your car or find a hands free kit that works for you.
Install an app that prevents you from texting while driving , like LifeSaver. These apps are getting better all the time. Additionally, many cell phones have built-in features that automatically stop notifications while you drive.
Whatever you do, don’t shrug this off. Just because you’ve survived thus far doesn’t mean it can’t happen to you. Seriously, don’t text and drive.
*National Center for Statistics and Analysis. Distracted Driving: 2015, in Traffic Safety Research Notes. DOT HS 812 381. March 2017, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Washington, D.C.