Avoid Talking & Texting While Driving
We all know that a distracted driver causes many, many problems. Drivers are distracted by so many things, the most common being their cellphone. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that distracted drivers cause about 25% of all vehicle crashes.
Cell phones are by far the biggest distraction, which is why states are taking it upon themselves to limit the use of cell phones while driving. Starting with Washington in 2007, 48 states have banned texting while driving. All military installations require drivers to use hands-free devices when talking on a cellphone and have banned texting as well.
In addition to not texting or talking on the phone while driving, there are other ways to limit distractions from the phone while driving. These tips may help:
- Put your phone away – if it’s within sight, then it’s tempting.
- Avoid stressful, emotional, or complicated discussions while driving.
- Use Bluetooth or a hands-free device if talking on the phone is necessary while driving.
- You should take advantage of speed dialing capabilities.
- Put your phone in do not disturb mode when you get in the car, removing the temptation.
Texting while driving is dangerous and should never, ever be an option. One study indicates that when drivers engage in texting, the risk of collision is 23 times greater than when not distracted. In fact, texting while driving is even more dangerous than driving drunk. No text, no phone call is ever worth the risk.