I’ve been hearing plenty of reports of police officers starting to pull people over for looking at their phones while driving. Not talking, just looking! I, for one, totally agree with the decision to crack down on looking-and-driving. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard stories about people who have ‘almost’ gotten into an accident because they were checking their Facebook account, getting directions from Google Maps, or checking their email. You may think you’re a pro at sneaking a peek at your phone when you aren’t in any danger, but after you have one fender bender, you’ll come to realize that sending that last email wasn’t worth the thousands of dollars of damage to your vehicle and the poor person you hit’s vehicle. If you think a fender bender is the most damage you’ll do, then consider that there are thousands of people across the U.S. who have been severely injured or lost loved ones due to people not paying attention when they are behind the wheel.
So what can you do to stop the temptation of checking your phone while you drive? I know that there are a lot of people out there who use navigational apps to help them get from Point A to Point B and they often cause problems when you are trying to get where you are going and heed the maps directions. I suggest turning your radio down and letting the app speak the commands while you are driving. Sure, we think it’s annoying but it’s way better than taking your eyes off the road to verify that you’re going in the right direction.
If you’re not using your phone for directions, keep it in your pocket while you drive. It’s the best place for it and it will stay out of your eyesight, so you won’t be tempted to check out the new notifications you’ve received.
What do you do to keep yourself from looking at your phone while you drive?