Phones are made to attract people’s attention and, as a result, many people become addicted to their phones. Phone addiction leads to the fear of being without a phone. Many people with phone addiction often develop unhealthy habits of looking at their phones at inappropriate times — like when they are driving.
While it’s not taken as seriously as it should be, phone addiction can lead to many problems, including distracted driving often leads to many accidents. Drivers who know the risks of distracted driving but struggle to get off their phones may need to consider trying the following:
Put your phone on “do not disturb mode”
Most phones have silent modes, which disables notifications from calls and texts. More phone manufacturers are also enabling “driving mode” that notifies callers that the recipient is driving.
Find a place to hide your phone
One thing drivers can do is put their phones in a place out of reach in their car. This may include a purse, backpack, glovebox or trunk.
Turn your phone off
Another method to hide notifications is by turning off the phone. Users should still receive calls and texts, but only after the phone is turned back on. This also can help prevent any urges to look at social media while driving.
Give your phone to a passenger
Some drivers are awaiting calls and texts. If they have to drive, they may consider giving their phone to a passenger in case a call or text does come through.
A distracted driving accident can happen at any time. Survivors often suffer severe injuries and losses. It may be possible to get fair compensation for injuries and losses by reaching out for legal help.