There’s a lot of talk about teenage drivers texting while driving, but adults are just as guilty of picking up the phone while driving as teens are – sometimes more guilty. Despite the fact that many states have implemented cellphone laws (and phones are even illegal to use while driving in many states), adults are still found using phones while driving across the nation. Why is this happening, and what can you do about it?
The Work Factor
It’s not a mistake that work is often referred to as “the rat race” in North America. Being a part of any company tends to include being accessible at all times. People that have the pressure of responding to calls, texts, and emails immediately are often more inclined to pick up a phone while driving regardless of traffic laws. If you are expected to be available at all times, what can you do about not answering your phone while driving?
Here are a few options to consider:
- Install an app that makes it impossible to answer your phone while driving. This is an extreme measure, but it does work. There are various apps out there available for this purpose.
- Make sure that a Bluetooth speaker system is set up inside of your car (or other system), so that all incoming calls go through your car’s speaker system and not your phone directly. You can’t answer text messages this way, but you can take phone calls.
- Simply let people know that you do not answer your phone while driving. If anyone gives you a hard time about this, quote the law. It’s simply not safe.
- Pull over to answer a text, use a map, or read an email. Usually, these things can wait until you have come to a complete stop, but if you can’t wait simply pull over to the side of the road. This way, you can respond to your message without trying to drive while doing so.
The Parent Factor
This may not cross your mind often, but think about texting and driving this way: most teens copy the driving habits of parents. If the thought of your teen texting and driving scares you (as it should), keep in mind that she will do whatever you do when you drive. If you think about the example that you are setting, you will be less inclined to pick up your phone while driving.
The Sanity Factor
Do you really need to be reachable 24 hours per day? Do you have to respond to someone’s text or email right away? Sometimes, that drive to and from work can be a nice break from the never-ending flow of work messages and texts. Use that time to unwind, listen to music, and just break from constantly being forced to be in “on” mode. If you practice this habit for a few weeks, you’ll see that you will feel much more refreshed and alert when you arrive at the office or at home.
If your job simply doesn’t allow you to break away even for a moment, consider taking public transportation instead of driving. Other drivers are on the road too, and you will be a hazard if you don’t put your phone down.
Keeping Tabs on Your Car
If you manage to break the phone in car habit, that’s great! But, make sure that other people borrowing your car do the same. Keep an eye on anyone that takes your car by installing a GPS tracking device. Call Rocky Mountain Tracking today to find out which GPS device is best for your needs. We’re happy to help!Google+