How to be a Focused Driver in a Distracted World
Imagine this: You sit in the driver’s seat, buckle your seatbelt, start the ignition, and start on your commute into work. You stay focused with your eyes on the road and your hands on your steering wheel for your entire drive.
And then you come to a screeching halt because if you’re like most drivers today, that last scenario couldn’t be further from the truth.
According to the CDC, each day in the United States, approximately 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. If you don’t want to become a statistic, you don’t just need to keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road; you’ll also need to (surprise!) keep your mind on driving.
The potential of your smartphone to distract is endless. Whether you’re sending a simple text, talking on a cell phone, using a navigation system, or eating while driving, staying focused is not an easy feat in the fast-paced world of today. People who drive while sending or reading text messages are 23 times more likely to be involved in a car crash than other drivers. And get this: a crash typically happens within an average of three seconds after a driver is distracted.
Staying focused while driving is crucial. But it’s not always easy. So, here are some tips to stay focused:
- Turn your phone on airplane mode before you start to drive. You won’t be tempted to glance at your phone for fear of missing out (FOMO) while you’re driving. Instead you’ll have Joy of Missing Out (JOMO) while driving because you’ll actually be…enjoying your drive instead of worrying about responding to colleagues.
- Put your cell in your glove compartment. You may feel silly doing this, but if you place your cell phone in your glove compartment, you’ll be less tempted to glance at your phone. Pro tip: Put your phone on airplane mode and put it in the glove compartment. Booby trapped technology never looked so good.
- Download an app to prevent distracted driving. For example, the app LifeSaver stays silent in the background and automatically wakes up to deter distracted driving for families.
But don’t just download an app (Will you really use it?) If you really want to make driving safer, put your mind on cruise control and invest in Exploride. No screeching halt necessary.