Safety Tips to Avoid Texting While Driving
Prevent Texting While Driving | Drive Alert
Distracted driving: it’s an unfortunate problem that’s becoming a growing trend. The biggest culprit behind this deadly plague? That’s right – texting. According to a 2011 Harris Poll, nearly half of drivers under the age of 35 who own cell phones admit to texting while driving. And in 2013 alone, motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers killed 3,154 people in the United States and injured some 424,000 more. Studies also show that drivers are concerned about the issue: a 2012 NHTSA survey reported that 94 percent of drivers support laws which ban texting while driving. Unfortunately for many, the temptation to text behind the wheel continues to prove too strong to resist. That’s why we’ve got some great safety tips to make avoiding texting while driving a little easier.
Stow Your Phone – Lock up that phone if you have to. By simply putting your phone out of reach in the glove compartment or inside a purse, you’ll eliminate your ability to text.
There’s an App for That – Consider an app that will block incoming messages received while driving. Our RoadReady Family App will help improve driver safety.
Pull Over – If you absolutely must text, do so once you are safely pulled over on the side of the road. Just make sure you don’t pull over on a busy highway.
Select a Designated Texter – It works for drunk driving! If you have a friend in the vehicle with you, give that person all texting rights and responsibilities.
Make a Commitment – Consider signing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s pledge against distracted driving. Visit www.distraction.gov for more information.
The next time you slide behind the wheel, think twice before reaching for your phone. No matter the reason for your text, remember that it can wait. Texting while driving: it’s just not worth it. Contact us today about our no texting while driving app.