Jacob Dybala July 14, 2014 No Comments

How To Stop Texting While Driving: Be Proactive!

If you own a cellphone and a car, chances are you’ve glanced at your phone and decided it was safe to just type a response to a friend’s text. We all know the risks and the fines for distracted driving, but there’s no one in front of you. Besides, it’s only a few quick characters, and you’ve been waiting to hear back from that person all day. What could it hurt to do a little texting while driving, right?

Max Says

That’s what dozens of moviegoers thought the night VW interrupted their movie night to secretly demonstrate how texting while driving can turn into a horrible, perhaps even life ending, accident in the blink of an eye.

If that doesn’t shock you, perhaps some statistics will. Did you know 23% of auto collisions in 2011 involved cellphones? That’s 1.3 million accidents! And, it’s not just texting while driving that’s behind the numbers.

Texting While Driving: RisksSolutions for Safety

If you can’t keep break your texting while driving habit, here are some tips that you can start using the next time you get behind the wheel.

The Golden Glove Box: The next time you hop in the car throw your cellphone into the glove box. Before you do, turn off the sound or put your phone into airplane mode, so you won’t be distracted by notifications or incoming calls. Out of sight is not only out of mind, but it’s your best bet for safe, distraction free driving.

iPod/iPhone Playlists: At 55 mph, it only takes 5 seconds to travel the length of a football field. Anyone who owns an iPod or iPhone knows that it takes a bit longer than that to scroll through your albums or artist lists searching for your favorite song. That song might be good, but it isn’t worth your life. Do yourself a favor and setup some great playlists in iTunes that you can start playing before you put your key into the ignition.

Designate a Texter: Use passengers to soothe your texting while driving urge. If you have someone in the car with you, ask them to text a response to an incoming text. Your kids are probably faster at texting than you’ll ever be, so why not use their thumb speed on the way to soccer practice? They might even add some emoticons you don’t know about, plus you’ll all get to your destination in one piece.

It’s a Real Crisis That You Can Solve!

There’s so many bad things going on in the world that we have no control over. However, you can make an immediate difference on the safety of our roads and highways by not counting yourself among the 49% of drivers under the age of 35, who send or read text messages while driving. Remember, all great changes start from one small, unselfish act.