Smartphone use behind the wheel is very dangerous, as it is one of the things that can cause distracted driving. Distracted driving is responsible for quite a bit of harm, being behind a great many accidents.
However, if the continued prevalence of smartphone use while driving is any indication, avoiding this dangerous conduct is something many don’t find terribly easy. The convenient access smartphones can provide to so many different things can make them tempting to use even in situations where one knows that they shouldn’t.
So, a driver may want to take some active steps to try to make it easier to resist this temptation. One tactic some drivers might find helpful is providing a reminder of what’s important to them. This is the tactic behind one distracted driving prevention step a follower of the Texas Department of Transportation’s Twitter feed said he uses, which TxDOT has since shared.
The step the man took was creating a smartphone wallpaper that had a picture of his family and the phrase “it can wait” on it to provide a regular reminder of why not to get on the phone while driving.
Now, every person is different in what kind of distracted driving prevention steps would work best for them. So, among the things a driver may want to give careful thought to is what would best keep them off of the phone when at the wheel.
A person’s decision to use a smartphone when driving can have impacts on many more people than just them and their family. It could hurt other families, through causing injuries or death to others out on the roads. Those harmed by a distracted driver may want to discuss the crash with a skilled personal injury attorney to understand where things stand for them legally when it comes to matters like compensation.
Source: abc13, “TxDOT Share Tip To Curb Distracted Driving,” Aug. 27, 2016