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, or 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.

Just Wait

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.