Distracted driving has become an epidemic in today’s world when technology is constantly available and especially tempting in the form of a smartphone This is often because texting or talking on the phone has become a fixed attitude.
The dangers of using a phone while driving, especially for texting, are widely known. And fatalities caused by this are steadily climbing. However, many people are less aware that hands-free phone use is not the safest option either. Those who use hands-free phones are more likely to be in a serious crash than drivers who are not on the phone.
Talking on the phone is typically a powerful distraction that causes drivers to pay more attention to their conversation than to the road. And texting would require one to take their eyes off the road for at least 5 seconds. Now that it is a fixed attitude, staying off your phone while driving can be quite difficult. But to stay alive and not causing danger to others, it is worth the effort.
To slowly help in avoiding texting while driving, here are a few tips for you:
Silent Mode On
To avoid temptations to respond to a text or call while driving, please put the phone in silent mode. Do not allow vibration as well as it can be just as compelling as a phone call.
Today’s smartphones can be locked with a text passphrase. Please lock the phone with a passphrase that is a reminder to not text or call while driving.
Put the phone away in an unreachable spot. Perhaps at the backseat. It is a simple but effective solution as one would need to pull over at the roadside to make or respond to urgent calls.
While this may hurt, it is effective. Just make sure your phone is out of sight and out of mind. You can save the serious discussions for later.
Yes, there are apps for this now which you can install on your smartphone. And they can reliably lock your phone while you are driving and still allow access to all emergency calls. Here are a few you could try:
In Malaysia, traffic police have been directed to be on the lookout for motorists and motorcyclists talking or texting on their phones. Those who are caught would be fined on the spot. While it may take some time to get accustomed to the practice, it is best to be self-disciplined and find the technique that works best for you.
MUV cares for your safety. Put a stop to distracted driving. Steer yourself out of harm’s way. And speaking of mobile app, be sure to install our MUV Buyer App for convenience just in case you cannot make it to our live auction.
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