As the statistics are being shared with people in Phoenix and throughout the country, more people are coming to terms with just how dangerous it is to use a phone while driving. That said, there is also plenty of evidence that our smartphones are creating addictions for many users. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we want to reduce car accidents as much as possible.
One of the ways to achieve this goal is to stay off your phone. If you find this easier said than done, they you may appreciate the following tips to help you reduce your attachment to your phone. If you are involved in an accident, contact us at 602-340-0030 for a free case evaluation.
Put your phone in an inconvenient place
One of the issues with using phones while driving is that you can start out with the best intentions, only to glance at your phone and see notifications. You then pick up your phone to check those notifications and the next thing you know, you’ve hit a pedestrian who was crossing the street. A great way to avoid this situation is to put your phone somewhere where you will not see it. This could be as simple as sliding it into your pocket, but if that is still tempting then put it in the backseat or even the trunk of your car.
Turn your phone on silent
Yes, we mean silent – not on vibrate. Even if a tone does not sound, it is not uncommon to hear the phone vibrate or to feel it. After all, that’s why the setting exists. Do not tempt yourself. Turn your notifications off, turn your phone on silent, and you will be much less likely to use it.
Know your route before you set out
One of the reasons people often believe they need their phone will driving is because they need the GPS. The truth is that this can be distracting too. Take a few minutes before you head out to check the route. If you need to take notes, write them on a sticky note and put them directly on your steering wheel.
Have your playlists or podcasts set up before you leave
Another common reason that people reach for their phones while driving is because they want to change the song or turn on their favorite playlist. The simple way to avoid this issue is to have it all set up before you get behind the wheel. This allows you to focus on driving while enjoying your favorite media.
If you do end up getting into an accident then you will be glad you had your phone on you. Use it to call the police. Once you are sure that everyone is safe, contact a personal injury attorney to find out what your legal rights are. You can reach The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker by calling 602-340-0030. Ask for a free case evaluation and we can get the process started.