In spite of the known dangers of texting while driving or other behaviors that pull the eyes of drivers away from the road, it’s on the rise.
It’s easier said than done when you have phone calls, text, directions, and internet at your fingertips. Screen time continues to be the biggest culprit of distracted driving which is why several organizations have created campaigns to help drivers stay safe and avoid taking their eyes off the road and onto a screen.
Here are 3 simple tips from the National Safety Council to help drivers curb any distractions.
Out of sight; out of mind: Silence or turn off your phone and move it where it is not accessible. If you keep it in your purse or a laptop bag move the bag where you can’t get to it so that you are not drawn to any ringtones or alerts.
Plug in directions before takeoff: Always be stopped and park before driving to your destination EVEN if you are using voice commands. We all know what happens if your device gets the directions wrong—you make physical corrections on the screen.
Park it: If you have an urgent phone call or simply need to check in on a long road trip, schedule stops along the way in a safe area to check in. This applies to entertainment, eating food, updates on social media, text messages or simply changing the radio station.