Distractions behind the wheel are a complicated problem, but there are plenty of solutions to texting and driving specifically. Texting is one of the most dangerous and common types of distracted driving, and it’s one you can avoid by planning ahead with a solution. But where do you start?
We’ve compiled a list of solutions to the problem of texting and driving, along with the relative comparisons of pros and cons. In order to compare, you must first fully understand what the underlying the problem is and how these solutions address it.
Putting your phone on mute or turning your phone off entirely is a sure-fire way you to avoid being distracted by it while you’re driving. Of all the solutions to texting and driving, this one requires the most pre-meditated effort.
Let technology help fix the problem it has created. There are many apps available to help reduce distracted driving (our favorite, of course is TextNinja!). Read more about Apple’s “do not disturb while driving” mode for iOS 11, or check out how some of these apps compare.
Pro: Removes the temptation to look.
Pro: Sends auto-replies while you drive.
Pro: Helps break the habit of texting and driving.
The vast majority of people agree and acknowledge that the driver should not be texting. If there are other people in the car and you really need to send a message, passengers are usually happy to read and write the text for you.
Parents of teenagers can write and sign a driving agreement or safe-driving pledge. Check out the family resources page for new drivers.
Use physical reminders such as texting thumb bands, or draw an X on your thumbs. This is an in-your-face reminder to pay attention to the road.
Our research has shown that the root cause of texting and driving is a habit driven by the Fear of Missing Out (aka “FOMO”). After years of responding to the “ding” notifications of our phones, and receiving small rewards in the form of information, we’ve put our minds into an automatic loop. These habit loops are nearly impossible to break, but can be overwritten by wiring a new, safer habit.
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