According to Distraction.gov, approximately 3,179 people died and another 431,000 sustained an injury due to distracted driving crashes. The most prevalent driving distraction is the cell phone. Texting is dangerous, but taking voice calls can be as well if you focus more on the conversation rather than driving. Do not be a part of the distracted driver epidemic on Texas roads. The following resources can help you prevent texting and driving and reduce the risk to yourself and others on the road.
Cellcontrol is a small device that attaches to your windshield and automatically blocks certain phone actions when your phone is in the vehicle. You can program it to block certain apps and phone functions and you can even program it remotely on the Cellcontrol account website, which is perfect for parents managing teen drivers.
There are plenty of on-phone apps for both iOS and Android phones that can curb your phone use while behind the wheel. tXtBlocker works similar to the Cellcontrol device but does not require a separate piece of equipment to limit phone functionality when driving. This app also allows you to set “no-cell zones” around your child’s school or your workplace to minimize distractions.
The saying, “Out of sight, out of mind” applies very well when it comes to curtailing your cell phone use while driving. Turning your phone on silent and placing it out of sight can help reduce the urge to check Facebook or respond to an incoming message. Just make sure you still keep it easily accessible in case of an emergency where you need to dial 911.
If you do not regularly carry a bag or purse, keep a cloth or small pouch in your car to obscure your view of your phone but still keep it close at hand.
Social change groups DoSomething.org and Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) have some creative solutions to remind you about the dangers of texting and driving.
DoSomething.org has pioneered the Thumb Wars campaign, which distributes small covers that go on your thumbs to serve as a reminder to not text while driving. The campaign reached over 120,000 people and distributed more than 85,000 thumb socks – a success they hope to repeat in the near future.
SADD has a similar visual reminder with its anti-texting thumb rings, similar to silicone wristbands. The rings are available from the SADD online store and come imprinted with the message, “NO TXTING – TXTLTR.”
If personal control and apps cannot keep you from phone use while driving, try having a “designated texter” during trips with friends. Let someone else hold your phone and give them instructions on what to do if you receive a call or message. It is much better to let someone not driving handle your phone than dealing with messages yourself.
Even if you practice safe driving and follow these distracted driving prevention tips, not all drivers will do the same. If you were in an accident caused by a distracted driver contact The Law Office of Julie Johnson, PLLC today to schedule a free consultation regarding your case, call today at 214-290-8001.