Driving Awareness Month? Distracted
driving has become a relevant issue over the past several years, and deserves
some awareness and also education.
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
looked out my window at the car next to me, and the guy was reading the
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.
when we are driving?
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.
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.
beforehand, and place your phone where it can easily be understood what the
next step in the directions is.
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.
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.
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