It doesn’t matter how old you are, cell phones are everywhere and are in constant use. With media becoming more and more well known, people are finding it harder to set their phone down or turn it off for a few hours.
Texting has become the new way for young adults and teenagers to communicate. They have never seen life without a cell phone, therefore, they don’t understand how important it is to just stop for 5 minutes and concentrate on the road. Your cell phone will always be there, nothing written on a text message or said on a phone call could be more important than safely making it to your destination.
Here are some great ways to encourage people to put down their cell phones while driving:
- Start being an advocate for “no texting while driving”. The more you promote the safety to your friends and family, the more likely you are to follow it and have others follow too.
- Out of sight, out of mind. When you’re in your car put your phone somewhere you can’t see it, like the truck, this way you won’t be tempted to use it.
- Silence. If you don’t want to turn off your phone at least silence it. If you can’t hear the notifications you won’t be tempted to check and respond.
- Use a friend. If you are driving with a friend have them check your phone and respond for you.
- Pull over. If it is an emergency and you can’t wait until you’re at your destination, simply pull over and take care of it.
Make sure you are prepared every time you get into your car. It is important that you remember why you doing this. People tend to do as their peers do, so make a point of how dangerous texting while driving can be. Even if you aren’t driving you don’t want to be in a car with someone that is texting while driving.
If all else fails, you can always turn to the old-fashioned duct tape method. It guarantees you won’t be touching anything but the wheel.
By: Nicole Jensen