I am a blog ambassador with U.S. Cellular, and this post is sponsored on their behalf. All opinions, as always, are my own!
Did you know it was Distracted Driving Awareness Month? Distracted driving has become a relevant issue over the past several years, and deserves some awareness and also education.
It seems like everyone uses their phones while driving. I know that I do. Whether looking up directions on my iPhone or taking a call, or calling someone telling we are running late (again, we have kids, what can I say?), the cell phone always seems to be needed. Distracted driving does not just mean using your cell phone though, it can include eating, putting on makeup, even reading!
I remember driving into Boston one day with my mom, and I looked out my window at the car next to me, and the guy was reading the newspaper…hmmm…
According to a recent U.S. Cellular survey, 43% of smartphone owners use their phones while driving, while the same survey revealed that 34% of smartphone users get annoyed when they see someone else using their smartphone while driving.
So what are some ways that we can take away distractions for when we are driving?
If you are a parent with kids starting to drive, or using a phone while driving, you should definitely download the free parent-child agreement to start a conversation, and make a plan, as to what is acceptable while driving.
One of the best ways to hedge distracted driving is to actually take away the distractions. Switch to do-not disturb mode so you don’t hear your phone constantly dinging with alerts or calls. Or, if you don’t need your phone for directions, stick it in the glove box until you get to your destination.
If you do need the GPS, enter all the information beforehand, and place your phone where it can easily be understood what the next step in the directions is.
Use accessories such as the Plantronics Voyager LegendBluetooth Headset. Carrying on a conversation during your commute is easy and safe. A recent U.S. Cellular survey showed that 74% of people who use their phones while driving use a hands-free device such as a Bluetooth headset or in-car Bluetooth system.
Whatever you think you need to see on your phone while you are driving, you don’t. If it seems like an emergency, and you feel like you must use your phone, pull over. It may feel like a hassle, but if that text is so important, pulling over shouldn’t be a hassle. We live in such a connected society now, and it may seem uncomfortable to be “out of the loop” for the 30 minute commute, or however long your drive is, but getting to your destination safely should remain the goal.
What tip would you include in this list?