Texting and driving is the most common form of distracted driving, and it's also one of the most dangerous. When discussing forms of distracted driving, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognizes classifies each distraction into three categories:
- Manual. Taking your hands off the wheel
- Visual. Taking your eyes off the road
- Cognitive. Taking your mind off of driving
Unlike most forms of distracted driving, texting and driving hits all three categories.
Tips and Tricks
Breaking your texting and driving habits can be hard, but it's important that you do so to keep the roads as safe as possible. Next time you find yourself picking up your phone while behind the wheel, keep these tips in mind.
Silence is Golden. Keeping your phone on vibrate or silent can be a key factor to keeping your focus on the road. If this isn't enough and the curiosity still has you wondering, try turning it off until you safely make it to your destination.
Out of sight out of mind. It will help you stay off your phone if you put it in a place you cannot reach. Try putting it in your bag and placing the bag in the backseat or the trunk of your car. This way, you cannot access it even if you want to.
Pullover. If you absolutely can not wait until you reach your destination, pull over to a safe place and use your phone there.
Download an app. Many apps offer help to avoid distracted driving. They will silence your notifications and reply to anyone who tries to contact you, letting them know that you are driving and will get back to them once you are safely at your destination.
Contact a California Attorney
If you or someone you know has been injured in a texting and driving-related accident, contact one of our lawyers here at Vahdat & Associates. We have the skill and experience needed to fight for your rights.
To discuss the details of your case, give us a call at (888) 523-1698, or by filling out the online contact form on our website.