Texting While Driving
Preventions to Keep You Safe
We did a recent blog that looked at how you can avoid becoming a Garda checkpoint statistic by having your licence, tax and car insurance all up to date. Another way to ensure you don’t become one is to avoid using your phone whilst driving.
In today’s world our mobile phones demand more and more of our attention but not only is using your phone while driving illegal it is also irresponsible. Have you considered the bad influence you might be setting to others by texting while driving? It is actually simple to cut out the habit of using your phone while driving. To show you how here are some tips to help.
- The Harsh Reality
- The harsh reality is that there is a huge amount of road deaths linked to use of mobile phones while driving. The Road Safety Authority suggests that using phones while behind the wheel could make motorists four times more likely to crash.
- A Major Driving Distraction
- There are many types of driving distractions such as grooming, radio and messing with friends or family, but the growing trend is now texting. You may think sending a quick text is safer than talking on the phone, but it definitely is not.
- Kick Your Bad Habits To The Curb
- Others are more likely to pick up your bad habits such as texting or talking on the phone while driving if they see you doing it yourself. Even reading/sending texts at traffic lights may give them the impression that it’s okay to use a mobile phone in the same situation. Make it very clear to them that this is against the law as well as being extremely careless. Set some rules that you have to obey yourself such as the ones mentioned below in our next two sections
- Make A Change
- Paying full attention to the road is important especially when you have the lives of other road users in your hands. When it comes to maximising your safety behind the wheel, turning off your phone is simply the best option. If you're travelling with someone who's texting, don’t be afraid to say that it makes you feel uncomfortable for them to use their phone. Offer to answer it or reply to a message for the driver, this will make you seem like a helpful friend yet everyone will be safer too.
- What You Could Do
- We know that you need to take your mobile phone with you when travelling to your destination, but leave your phone in the boot or back seat. Turn the phone off or leave it on silent mode as this will be less distracting and that way you are less likely to use it.
For many people we slip into habits and one of these is using our phones whilst driving. No matter where you are driving to, reconsider your phone usage habits. Not only could this ensure that you don’t get penalty points but it could help you get to your destination on time as you are able to concentrate more.