VIDEO: Tips to Avoid Texting and Driving

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Texting and driving is a dangerous habit among busy young professionals. Here are six tips that will help you steer clear of this risky practice.

 

Working, grocery shopping, going to the gym, running to the bank—there is much in our lives that requires driving. With such busy schedules, it can be tempting to multitask in the car, including texting while driving.

 

Young adults ages 25 to 39 text while driving more than any other age group, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s 2013 Traffic Safety Culture Index. This age group includes busy young professionals, who face numerous demands on their time as well as social pressure to stay in contact with work colleagues and friends.

 

But texting while driving is illegal: Most states have banned this form of distracted driving, which remains a serious problem on our roads.

 

To avoid the dangers of texting while driving, AAA offers these six tips to young professionals—and all drivers.

 

  1. Don’t be tempted. Turn off your cell phone. Let voice mail take your voice messages.
  2. If you think you’ll still be tempted to text and drive, put your phone somewhere that you can’t see or reach it, like locked in the glove compartment or trunk.
  3. If you must text during your trip, pull off the road safely and stop.
  4. Recognize that text messaging can be a habit. Get support from friends and colleagues by letting them know you don’t respond to calls or texts while driving.
  5. Take control of your cell phone, don’t let it control you. You are the only one who decides when and if you send and read a text message.
  6. If you’re riding with a friend or colleague who is texting while driving, offer to take the phone and send the messages for him.

 

By avoiding distractions, you can focus more on completing your tasks and decreasing your stress level at home—and on the road.

 

To learn more about the dangers of texting and driving, visit AAAFoundation.org.

 

A version of this story appears in the March/April 2015 issue of AAA Living magazine.

 

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