As we have seen from research conducted abroad, the tendency to use a device while driving can be worse than driving under the influence of alcohol. For this reason, we have compiled a list of our five tips to prevent yourself from being distracted by these now integral machines.
- Set up your phone- If you are like us, then you use your Smartphone for GPS navigation. We urge you to do as we have done and invest in a mount for your phone; there are magnetic clips that attach your phone to your air vent while others attach to your windscreen. Once you have your phone mounted, set it up with your directions and let the phone do its thing while you focus on driving.
- Place your phone out of reach- Before you set off on your journey; leave your phone in a bag or better yet, in the boot. Most cars are equipped with Bluetooth these days and therefore there is no need to have the actual device within arm’s reach as that all important call can always be taken handsfree.
- Pullover- If you don’t have a hands-free kit or Bluetooth in your vehicle and that phone call is absolutely essential then pull over to the side of the road when it is safe to do so and take the call or respond to that text, Tweet, Facebook.
- Keep the phone silent- Switching your phone to mute, silent or off completely takes away the temptation and can help you forget about your phone while driving.
- Download an app for it- There are several apps out there that will inform your incoming caller that you are driving and cannot answer your phone at that moment by sending a text message. It’s certainly something worth looking into.