Let’s face it. Cell phones have become an inseparable part of our daily lives. 20 years ago, you would make absolutely sure that you have your wallet before leaving the house, now it is vital to grab your phone to make sure that you stay plugged in. However, cell phone usage, especially in your car needs to be done in a safe manner.
Here are 3 easy tips to make sure that you aren’t putting yourself, or anyone else at risk while using your phone in the car.
Unless you have been living under a rock, you have seen the profiferation of devices that allow you to speak without having your cell phone glued to your ear. Most cars these days have built in bluetooth capabilites to allow for handsfree phone use, but there are other options such as earpieces and 3rd party speakers that can help you to focus on the road.
For those of you who have used your phone manually while driving, you understand how difficult and distracting it can be to have your phone plastered to your ear. Using one of these devices is not only more comfortable, but will also help to prevent the possibility of an accident by maintaining your focus on the road.
It breaks our heart to see fatalities and injuries that are commonplace these days from drivers who are texting or using their phone to surf the web. There are numerous studies that have been done that show that texting and driving is as harmful as driving while intoxicated.
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that 18% of all injury crashes in the United States are a direct result of cellphone usage, otherwise known as “Distracted Driving.” Is the person that you are speaking with really that important that you are willing to take these types of risks? Either pull over, or wait until you reach your destination to send that text, make that call, or browse for something on the web.
At Ambro Cases, we have taken a strong stance against the act of texting and driving. Please feel free to sign our petition at www.donttextanddrive.org to support the stance against this practice.
Last, but certainly not least, make sure that your cellphone is easily reachable when you are driving. This seems like common sense, but think of the times where your cell phone may have fallen off of the passenger seat causing you to reach over to see who was calling or texting you. Make sure that it is securely fastened in your console, or buy a device that will attach it to your dashboard or windshield. In doing so, you will make sure that it is at an arms length if you have to quickly glance at the screen.