As we get busier and busier with the approach of the holiday season, sometimes we forget to set down our phones and concentrate on the safety of ourselves and those around us. This week is National Teens’ “Don’t Text and Drive Week” so now is a great time to share a message with your teens, friends, and loved ones about the dangers of texting and driving.
According to donttextdrive.com, texting or reading texts while driving makes the driver 23 percent more likely to be involved in a crash. This probability can be greatly decreased by simply putting the phone down when we get in the car. However, we know it can be very tempting to take a look! Campaigns like this and the W82TXT program from Auto Owners Insurance Company are working to help people get home safe each and every day.
Our tips for safer driving:
- Apps like “Drive Mode” for android phones can help. They can disable your phone when you go faster than 25 miles per hour, making it much less likely that people will be involved in phone-related accidents.
- If you need to make a call or send a text, pull over where it is safe and continue driving when you are finished.
- Before you start driving, let people know you will be on the road so that they will not call or text you during that time.
Let’s get everyone home safe for the holidays!