OK~ April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and it's safe to say that distracted driving has become a relevant issue over the last few years deserving attention and education. Have a young driver in the house? Before they get behind the wheel, make sure you have gone over U.S. Cellular's parent/child agreement. With drivers both young and old on the streets, staying attentive on the road and surroundings is more important than ever. Every single road trip that I take, I see people weaving in and out. Often times they are messing around with their smartphone and not paying attention to the road. I've also seen folks with books spread out across their steering wheels. Distracted driving is an issue that needs to be addressed.
If you must have your smart phone out while driving, you can make things a little safer. Did you know that your Samsung Galaxy 6 Edge can be paired with wireless accessories to increase safety and maintain productivity while on the road? It's no secret, smart phones are hard to put away while driving. According to a recent U.S. Cellular survey, 43 percent of smartphone users use their device while driving.
Here are some tips to help you maintain productivity and be safe while one the road:
TAKE AWAY DISTRACTIONS
It is easy to be distracted by the phone buzzing in the console. If the noise is too disruptive, switch to the Do not Disturb mode on the Galaxy Samsung 6 Edge during drive time. Friends and family will understand the commitment to limit distractions. Many of you know, that we need to stop thinking that everyone is available 24/7. Driving is one of those times!
PREPARE YOURSELF BEFOREHAND
Enter the address into the GPS on a smartphone before hitting the road. Make sure to place your mobile device in a spot where directional prompting can be heard to prevent you from missing a turn. I have been there and done that. The volume was not turned up and I missed a turn. Note: Make sure volume is turned up.
With accessories such as the Plantronics Voyager Legen Bluetooth Headset, carrying on a conversation during a commute is easy, convenient and safe.
According to the same U.S. Cellular survey, 74 percent of those who use their phone while driving utilize a hands-free device such as a Bluetooth headset or in-car Bluetooth system. Another tip: If you have a new vehicle, try out the wireless pairing in your driveway, before you actually hit the pavement.
ENLIST THE HELP OF PASSENGERS IF IT CAN'T WAIT
Remember, distracted driving not only affects you, but also impacts the safety of others. Passengers can help you if a message or phone call absolutely cannot wait. If driving alone, consider pulling off the road briefly to use a device. It's also important to remember that distracted driving is not limited to using a mobile device, but also includes eating, drinking, grooming and talking to passengers. In 2013, there were 3,1254 deaths in relation to distracted driving. Now that's reason enough to be smart while driving! Pay attention to the task at hand, driving.
MAKE A FAMILY COMMITMENT
Make the commitment to not text and drive. With the popularity of texting, it is no surprise that 87 percent of smartphone owners text daily. U.S. Cellular's Parent-Child Agreement allows families to create a customizable contract with family members to make the conversation easier and clearer. The agreement focuses on safety and etiquette, even when it comes to bringing smartphones into the car.
Be safe and smart while driving and familiarize yourself with all of the wireless devices that are designed to keep you safe. Once May arrives, be sure to continue to practice your safe driving skills. April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, but that doesn't mean your new habits ends on April 30th. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?