Taking your hands off the wheel.
Taking your eyes off the road.
Taking your mind off what you're doing.
because it incorporates all three types of distractions. The Wyoming legislature felt it was enough of a problem that they enacted a law against texting while driving, which became effective in July of 2010. While the law is a step in the right direction, it is still widely unrecognized and very difficult to enforce. We need your help.
One study by The Texas Transportation Institute found drivers’ reaction times can more than double while texting – regardless of whether they are composing a text or just reading one. If you use your phone while you drive to make or take calls, send or read text messages or emails, search for phone numbers, addresses or directions, you are four times more likely to be in an accident serious enough to injure yourself (Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). It can be as difficult as breaking any other bad habit, but here are some tips to get you started.
Check your phone before you start driving, and then put it away and don’t look at it again until you’ve reached your destination.
Remove the Temptation
Put your phone out of your reach each time you get in the vehicle, or turn it off while you’re driving.
Get Off The Road
If you just can’t wait, find a safe place to pull off the road before you take a call or read a text or email.
Make a Pact
One of the best ways to break a bad habit is to let others know that you’re going to do it. Have the conversation about exactly what you’re going to stop doing, and then make a promise to yourself and a co-worker, employer, friend or loved one. Make A Pact Today.
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Make a promise to change your behavior, either with your family, your friends, your co-workers, or just with yourself. Fill it out, print it out & show someone who cares. Stick it to your fridge, put it on your dash or tape it to the wall. Wherever it goes, remember you made a promise to focus on the road.
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