In honor of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, I’d like to encourage you to put down the cell phone. Distracted driving is an extremely dangerous thing. All it takes is one second of not looking at the road to change your life or someone else’s life forever. A call or a text just isn’t worth it. Sponsored post; all opinions are my own.
Tips for Distracted Driving Awareness Month and All Year, Too
I’ve been in my fair share of close calls. All of them were back in the days when a cell phone was JUST for talking. Back then, video chatting, apps, and all of that weren’t around. Texting was the big thing. Thankfully, I never got hurt, and I never hurt anyone else, but some of those close calls could have been avoided if I hadn’t had my phone in my hand.
— Jennifer Soltys (@SweepTight) April 3, 2015
Distracted Driving Awareness Month is so important, because it’s so easy for all of us to forget that a car is really a ginormous death machine if we don’t conduct ourselves responsibly. The average weight of a car is around two tons. TWO TONS. Imagine two tons of metal traveling at 55 miles per hour hitting anything. It’s not pretty. That’s why being focused while driving is so important.
When we’re behind the wheel, we need to be laser focused on the world around us, not texts or alerts, so I’ve put together some tips to help us make Distracted Driving Awareness Month every month.
Turn Off the Phone
If your phone is off, you can’t use it. So turn that puppy off whenever you’re driving. It helps you resist the urge to pick it up every time you hear that familiar *ding* alert telling you that you have a text or someone liked your Facebook post.
Put Your Phone in the Glove Box
Of course, turning the phone off may not be enough for some people. It’s not like you can’t just hit a button to turn it back on again. Try putting it in the glove box. You probably aren’t going to be reaching across to your glove box while your zipping down the road. At least, I hope you aren’t!
Put Your Phone in the Back Seat
Still not sure if you can resist the urge? Throw your phone in the backseat. You might be able to justify reaching across to your glove box to snag your phone, but reaching behind to the back seat? If that doesn’t scream a need for Distracted Driving Awareness Month, I don’t know what does.
Take out the Battery
If you’re a hard core phone addict, take the battery out of your phone before you get behind the wheel. You may be unable to resist the urge to go for the glove box or the back seat, but there’s no way you can drive AND put the battery back into your phone. This is the nuclear option for those of you who are glued to your phones.
Stay Away From the Dashboard Screen
Distracted driving isn’t just about the cell phone. With the smarty pants cars that are on the road now, the dashboard touch screen system is another huge distraction. This one is just going to require sheer willpower. The most you can do is keep the phone away from your mitts and make sure you don’t connect it to the car’s bluetooth.
Take the Distracted Driving Awareness Month Pledge
Distracted driving can and does kill. Is a Facebook message really worth your life or the lives of your children or the children in the next car? No. It’s not. I took the pledge, and you should, too. Visit Calls Kill to learn more about Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and click here to pledge to put down your cell phone when you’re driving. That means staying away from the dashboard system, too, folks!