Texting and Driving During the Holidays
Texting while driving is a dangerous habit and, of course, against the law all year round. However, it is particularly dangerous during the holiday season, given how heavily congested roadways are likely to be and the fact that you will probably drive a little more than usual, whether it be to a family gathering, shopping, visiting friends, or an office party. It is estimated that about half a million people are either injured or killed in traffic accidents that involve texting while driving, so make sure you stay safe this holiday season and save the texting for later.
Below is a list of some helpful tips that will prevent you from texting while driving:
- Keep your phone out of reach. This will help reduce the temptation of glancing at a text or sending a response. Remember, it can wait.
- Either turn off your phone or put it on silent. Some phones even have a feature that prevents you from receiving any alerts or notifications while you are driving. Whatever you need to do to keep your eyes and focus on the road, do it.
- If you are a passenger and the driver attempts to use his or her phone while driving, speak up! Distracted driving is deadly and you should not stay silent when your life is potentially at risk. Ask if you can write and send the text. Otherwise, tell the driver that it can wait.
- If you call someone and realize they are driving, help keep the roadways safe by saying that you will call back later and then hang up. Even the use of a hands-free device is dangerous, so help promote safety by calling at another time.
- If you are using a phone for navigational purposes, mount it properly, so you do not have to look down at your lap or hold the hand in your phone while you are driving.
- Make a promise to never use your cell phone while driving. This is not only for the benefit of others, but for you as well.
We all want to enjoy the holidays and be able to spend it with those we love, so make sure you do what you can to stay safe and never use your cell phone while driving. Nothing on your phone is worth risking your life for.
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