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How To Avoid Texting While Driving

A text message flashes on our phone. We think to ourselves “oh, it will only take me seconds to respond to that message. What can happen in that short time? “ The reality is a lot can happen in those mere seconds. If you are driving at 55mph, you can travel the length of a football field in no more than five seconds. Imagine what can happen in that distance.

It is quite difficult to stay off your phone while driving. It is a lot easier said than done. If you are having problems with this, try one of these tips:

  • Put your cell phone out of reach, such as in your glove box or trunk.

  • It can be as easy turning your phone or putting it on silence. We recommend doing this before even turning your car on.

  • Designate a texter. If you are driving with friends or family, assign someone the task of replying to any important texts you receive. This texter should hold your phone, read any message when it arrives, and reply according to your instructions.

  • Get an app. Many apps have been developed that keep you from texting while driving. For example, the Android app, DriveOff, immediately locks your phone when you are driving at speeds faster than 10mph. The technology in this app is able to sense when you reach a speed faster than 10mph. This app is also great for teenagers. If you are worried your teen may be texting while driving, download an app to stop them from doing so.

Safety is a top priority at Robert’s Collision & Repair. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 831-373-1534, or visit our 26,000 sq. ft. facility at 234 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940.