In light of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, I decided to tackle the issue of texting and driving in this week’s blog post. Text messaging has become the standard of communication in today’s tech savvy, modern society. Although text messaging can be viewed as a very quick and efficient form of communication, texting while driving has rapidly developed into a prominent issue, most notably amongst teen drivers. It’s important that all mobile users behind the wheel understand that safety comes first. To help combat the issue of texting and driving, especially amongst teens, here are a few important tips:
Tips to Avoid Texting and Driving for Teen Drivers:
1. Out of Sight, Out of Mind – This one is simple. Just put your phone away! Turn your phone off and keep it in a secluded place where you won’t see it, such as a backpack or purse, or in the back seat. This will keep your mind off of your phone and eliminate the urge of wanting to respond to incoming messages.
2. Silence is Golden – It’s hard to ignore incoming texts when you hear the magical sound of your new message alert beep. You can avoid this temptation by simply turning your phone on silent. Enjoy the lack of noise interruptions and rock out to your favorite jams (safely, of course).
3. Find an App – If you have a smart phone, use it to your advantage. There are many apps available to help you avoid the risk of texting and driving. Many of the apps currently available provide useful resources such as auto-replying to texts, and reading your text messages out loud so you don’t have to take your eye off the road. For a list of 5 apps to prevent texting and driving visit on.mash.to/1gYNsnb.
4. Designated Texter – If you simply cannot avoid putting your phone down while behind the wheel, get one of your friends in the vehicle to read your texts out loud and respond for you. You won’t miss out on any important messages (like what mother is making for dinner) with your text buddy managing your phone.
Morale of the story here, when it comes to texting and driving, it can wait. For more information on the dangers of texting and driving and what’s being done to solve the problem visit bit.ly/1jijiu8.