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Don’t Text and Drive

Tips on good ways to avoid being tempted to text and drive

AAMCO Overland Park, KS  | 05/19/2016  | Car Comfort & Safety Tips

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Don’t Text and Drive

Don’t Text and Drive

The website DoSomething.org says:, 

“Five seconds is the minimal amount of attention that a driver who texts takes away from the road. If traveling at 55 mph, this is equal to driving the length of a football field without looking at the road.” 

Taking your attention away from the road for any amount of time can end in a bad accident causing harm to you, your passengers, as well as other drivers on the road. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declare that texting and cell phone use are forms of distracted driving. Visual, manual, and cognitive are the three main types of distracted driving. 

  • Visual distraction -Taking your eyes off the road to text. 
  • Manual distraction -Texting takes your hands off the wheel.
  • Cognitive distraction- Thinking of anything but driving. 

Avoid texting and driving with these tips: 

  • When driving, select your phone’s silent mode, instead of vibration mode.
  • Turning your phone off is the best way not to text and drive.
  • Putting your phone away in a trunk or glove box until you’re at your destination.
  • Install an app that doesn’t allow texting and driving, as a reminder.

Studies have shown that that 1 in 5 drivers text while driving. You should also encourage your passengers not to text while you drive, so they can better focus on getting you all to the desired destination safely too. 

Control the urge to check your phone, even when travelling as a passenger, as a good way to support drivers in your life and remind them to put safety first. There is no text important enough to create a dangerous situation. Texting someone isn’t worth the price of never being able to see them again.

Vehicle damage from texting and driving is catastrophic. Avoid a careless accident from taking place by simply not texting and driving. 

For any questions about vehicle safety, repairs, maintenance or to make an appointment, call the vehicle experts at AAMCO Overland Park today.

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