Did you know that April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month? There is a time and place for Snapchatting your friends, but it’s not when you’re behind the wheel. With new and exciting technology, it has become more and more tempting to take your eyes off the road.
While distracted driving comes in many forms, cell phone use is at the top. The below tips will help you keep your eyes on the road.
- Get clear on where you are going before you depart. Don’t wait until you are halfway down the block to set your destination address. Waze, a navigation app, can detect motion and confirms if the driver or passenger is the one using the phone.
- Put your phone in the backseat where you can’t reach it. If you think you’ll still be tempted to reach around, turn off your sound and notifications so you won’t feel the digital pull. Even better, turn your phone off!
- Download DriveMode from AT&T. When enabled, you can customize an auto-reply that will respond to all incoming messages.
- Ask passengers to respond to any texts you’re worried about missing.
- Don’t rely on Bluetooth and voice commands. These commands can still be distracting and take your attention off the road.
Drivers aren’t just “texting and driving anymore,” they are distracted by every smart aspect of their phone. Don’t put yourself in danger either – speak up if you’re in the car with someone who is distracted while driving. Safe travels!