No matter who you are, there's a good chance you've been tempted to text and drive. Furthermore, you've likely made this mistake in the past.
There are a variety of ways to prevent texting and driving, with the following among the most common:
- Put your phone away: If your phone is within reach, such as in the cup holder or your pocket, you may find yourself grabbing for it. This is particularly true if you hear a text come in. However, if your phone is in the glove box or trunk, this isn't nearly as big of a concern.
- Turn it off: When your phone is off, there's no way of knowing if someone has sent you a text. Conversely, you won't be tempted to pick up your phone to read it.
- Block incoming texts: If you're not interested in turning off your phone, download an app that blocks incoming texts (and calls). You can turn it off and check for messages when you stop your vehicle.
- Mount it on the dashboard: If you plan on using your phone for directions, mount it on your dashboard or windshield. Never keep it in your hands, as this will cause you to look down.
You'll feel much better about remaining safe if you follow these tips to prevent texting and driving. Unfortunately, this doesn't do anything to stop other drivers from texting.
If a distracted driver causes an accident, move to safety and check yourself for injuries. Also, receive medical attention and contact your insurance agent as soon as possible. Taking these steps will help stabilize your health and receive compensation for your damages.