Many people use their phones while driving. Drivers may respond to texts, make calls or look at social media. Many drivers don’t think using their phones while driving is dangerous, especially when vehicles are stopped at red lights and stop signs.
However, texting and driving leads to distractions and distracted driving is one of the biggest causes of auto accidents. Texting and driving is a habit that many drivers struggle to break. Here are a few things drivers can do to avoid it:
Put the phone away
Drivers can reduce distracted driving caused by phones by placing their phones out of reach. Drivers may put their phones, for example, in the glove box, purse, backpack or back seat. These places make it harder for drivers to use their phones.
Let someone hold the phone
If a driver is expecting a call or text, they may want to give their phone to a passenger. The passenger can then answer the phone without distracting the driver.
Put the phone on silent mode
Many phones have a silent mode. Silent mode means that calls, texts and other notifications aren’t heard. Drivers can turn on silent mode or “do not disturb mode” before they enter their car. Some phones also have a driving mode that silences calls and texts once a car is in motion.
Turn off the phone
Alternatively, drivers may want to turn their phones off while driving. Turning the phone off means the driver won’t hear any calls or texts. They also won’t be able to access any apps until the phone is turned back on.
An auto accident can cause severe injuries and losses. Victims may need to learn about their legal options to seek compensation.