6 Ways to Avoid Texting While Driving

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6 Ways to Avoid Texting While Driving

Source: State Farm

Many experts believe distracted driving to be an epidemic in the United States. Everything from adjusting an MP3 player to eating or drinking while driving can be an interference, with the most-talked about disturbance being texting.

In a survey of more than 800 Niche users, 60 percent report never texting while driving.

But while some people may realize how dangerous the activity can be, there are still others that may give in to the temptation to text. In 2014, the National Safety Council revealed cell phone use to be involved in 26 percent of all motor vehicle crashes.

Fast Facts about Texting while Driving
Source: Texting and Driving Safety

Amount of Time Texting Keeps Your Eyes off the Road5 seconds
Times More Likely Text Messaging Causes People to Crash23 times
Percentage of Young Drivers Who've Seen Their Parents Text While Driving15%

Here are some ways to avoid texting while driving:

Keep Your Phone in the Trunk or Backseat
If you do need to message someone, you will be forced to pull over and stop to retrieve it and text. This will also help you prioritize your messages (emergency over just being friendly and social).

Text #X
This campaign recently enlisted celebrities like Tim McGraw and Demi Lovato to encourage texters to use this code to let friends and family know when they’re on the road and can’t talk. This is especially helpful if you’re in the middle of a conversation—#X can immediately let people know you can’t respond.

Put Your Phone on Airplane Mode
When people activate airplane mode on their phones, this disables the phone’s capacity to receive calls or text messages. So if there are no messages or calls, there’s no temptation to respond while in the car.

Download Apps
If you really don’t trust yourself, there are ways to have apps do the job. Live2Txt, DriveOFF, and DriveScribe are all apps that block incoming calls and texts while driving.

Declare a Thumb War
DoSomething has been involved in the Thumb Wars campaign, that distributes thumb socks to people all over the United States as a reminder to stop friends from driving dangerously.

Drive with a Buddy
The friend in the passenger seat can respond to your text messages for you and maybe even prevent you from succumbing to the need to reply.

The Bottom Line
It doesn’t matter what technique you use in refraining from texting while driving. What matters is that you find one that works. Remember: It only takes one distracted instance to cause an accident.