This is a sponsored post. I received either product or monetary compensation. However, all of the opinions about U.S. Cellular and these hot mobile apps to help my family drive without distractions are mine. In 2013, there were 3154 deaths related to distracted driving. That’s a statistic that can be easily drop if everyone practiced safer and more attentive driving habits. To most, distracted driving means the use of mobile telephones while behind the wheel. While this may be the most obvious form, there are also other distractions that can deem to be extremely dangerous when you’re driving a vehicle. These can include eating, talking to passengers, changing the radio station, and grooming, just to name a few. I have a teen driver and this subject is so relatable to me. We were in the car on the way to school a few weeks ago and we were singing and grooving. I realized by doing this while driving, my focus was no longer 1005% on my driving, creating a potentially dangerous situation. This is not the message I want to send to my daughter as she navigates her way through traffic.
Now that I have a teen who is driving, we have signed the U.S. Cellular® Better Moments Parent-Child Agreement.. This agreement is customizable and parents can use it to set certain parameters for phone use as well as driving responsibilities and limitations. Parents and teenagers can agree in writing that young drivers should not use their cellphones while driving. Be sure to read my post, Safe Driving Phone Apps For Teen Drivers. It’s hard not to be amazed with the advancements in mobile technology. These days, it’s so easy to stay in touch with friends and family – even if they’re on the other side of the globe. That being said, we’ve set ourselves with the expectancy to be responded to nearly instantaneously or may feel obligated to get back to someone as soon as possible.
April is Distracted Awareness Month. Here are some tips to stay safe while on the road:
- Using Your GPS: If you use the GPS on your mobile device to get around, take the extra precaution to enter in the address beforehand. Also, there are many cell phone stands for car usage that are available so that you’re hands-free and can stay completely committed your steering wheel.
- Silence: If the vibrations or the buzzing noises from your phone quickly (but dangerously) grab your attention, then put it on either silent mode or switch on the Do Not Disturb function (available on iPhones, like my iPhone 6 from US Cellular) when you get behind the wheel.
- Use Wireless Accessories: There are many wireless accessories that pair with your device to help you keep focused on the road but still (somewhat) connected. Remember: your number one priority is your driving, not your text-response-time. For instance, the Plantronics Voyager Legend Bluetooth Headset makes carrying conversation convenient and hands-free.
- Use Your Passengers: Make your front-seat passenger your co-pilot and have them help you with directions, answering text messages, or answering a phone call by putting them in complete control of your mobile device. Just don’t text. Period.
Have you found you or a family member driving distracted? How do you use mobile apps to help keep you safe when behind the wheel?