Just how dangerous is using a smartphone while driving? According to the research conducted by the Transport Research Laboratory, it is actually MORE dangerous than drinking and driving. The research states that the reaction time of a driver is slowed by 38% while using a smart phone, as opposed to 12% when someone has been drinking. This is not to say that it makes drinking and driving okay, but merely to show the severity of the distraction at hand.
This has been an increasing trend and problem in drivers for quite some time now and is continuing to cause more car accidents everywhere. You and your loved ones shouldn’t be part of the dangerous statistics. We’ve already suggested that you shouldn’t use social media while driving, but here are four additional tips to assist you with cell phone safety tips:
- Put your phone away completely.
We’re aware that this concept may not be possible for everyone. However, this is the best way to ensure that you and your family stay safe on the roads and avoid getting into an accident over driving while distracted.
- Go hands-free
Sometimes life happens, and you truly need to take a phone call. There are ways to do this without taking your hands off the wheel or eyes off the road. If possible, consider purchasing a headset, or installing in-car calling that synchs to your vehicle’s infotainment system, or even simply use a device mount so that you can answer on speaker phone.
- Keep your phone at arm’s length
It is far easier to answer a call if you don’t have to dig through a purse or backpack to find your phone. This also requires less distraction from the road while driving.
- Plan your calls ahead
By pre-dialing a phone number before you begin driving, you’ll avoid the unnecessary distraction of scrolling through your contact list to search for a phone number. When it’s time to make the call, the number will already be available and all you will have to do is press dial.
Of course, we reiterate that the best way to avoid driving distracted is to stop using your smartphone altogether while on the road. There are states that have laws against using a cellular device for any reason while driving. Visit your government websites to find out what the laws are near you. Above all, keep yourself, your family, and others on the road safe by being mindful of smartphone usage while driving.