There isn’t a moment that passes for some people that they aren’t on their phones. They check it in the morning, during walks or when they’re out with friends. One of the most common places for people to check their phones is in the car. People who look at their phones while driving are putting you in danger of auto accidents.
As you know, it’s illegal to text and drive. However, this doesn’t make everyone put away their phone while driving. These distractions have cost thousands of lives to be lost every year.
Since people are so addicted to their phones, what can be done to reduce the number of accidents caused by distracted driving? Here’s what you should know:
Create distance from phones
One of the easiest ways to reduce distracted driving is putting away anything that can be interrupting. Having phones visible in the car can tempt people to look at them on long roads or at stop signs.
Alternatively, people can put their phones in the glove box or back seat. This way people won’t immediately feel the need to see if they have any new messages.
Turn on driving mode
Developers have realized the risks of driving while texting. They have also realized it’s hard for people to put their phones down. One of the many settings phones have is a “driving mode”.
“Driving mode” is similar to “silent mode” but for cars. It notifies a caller or messenger when the person they are trying to contact is driving. This lets drivers relax knowing anyone trying to reach them can try again once they are done driving.
What if a distracted driver hits you?
Not every driver takes the precautions needed to stay safe on the road. If you were in a motor vehicle accident because of a distracted driver then you may be looking at serious injuries. It may take experienced legal guidance to help you recover your losses.