Distracted driving is a major cause of auto accidents every day in BC. Using a cell phone, especially texting, is one of the most common sources of distraction. Texting occupies your eyes, hands and mind while you drive, all three of which are required to focus on the task of driving.
Here are six ways you can prevent your phone from distracting you while you drive:
1. Power down. When your phone is off completely, you won't be tempted by rings, alerts and what's happening on the screen.
2. Place your phone out of sight and out of reach. If you want to leave your phone on, put it in the trunk, or tucked away in your purse or bag in the backseat. Silence it so you won't be tempted to reach back and grab it when it rings, which can be very dangerous.
3. Provide yourself extra time ahead of your drive to make and return calls and texts, and to check any voicemails you received.
4. Pull over to a safe spot if you need to make a call while you are driving. Make sure your car is safely removed from traffic before answering or dialing.
5. Use an auto-reply app or change your greeting. When someone calls or texts you, these automatic replies will let them know you are driving and that you will return their call once it is safe to do so.
6. If it seems like the person you are on the phone with is driving, ask them to call you back once they've arrived at their destination.
These things may go a long way in preventing a car crash. You can also encourage loved ones to do the same, thereby spreading the awareness of these safety measures.
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