Four Ways To Avoid Distracted Driving

  • Mar 17, 2020

What is distracted driving? 

According to the AAA-Foundation for Traffic Safety, there are 3 main types of distracted driving; Visual, Manual and Cognitive. A manual distraction is anything that would involve a driver taking his or her hands off of the wheel, the most common being the use of electronic devices. In 2019 distracted driving accidents were the cause of 8.5% of motor vehicle fatalities. 

Many states have enacted hands free driving laws: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia (plus Washington, D.C.Puerto RicoGuam and the U.S. Virgin Islands) prohibit all drivers from using hand-held cell phones while driving. 

Regardless of your states hands free driving laws, it's always best to institute your own hands free driving rules when you are operating a vehicle. It keeps both you and any passengers you have safer and at less risk of having an automobile accident.

The good news is that there are many hands free products on the market today that will still allow you to communicate via an electronic device while driving, without having to take both hands off of the wheel. 

Below are some of our favorites:

1. Automotive Bluetooth Speaker with Sun Visor Clip 

Put this on the sun visor and make for a safer use of your phone while driving. This lasts 20 playing hours; perfect for a long road trip! 

 

2.  Car Phone Mount

Car phone mounts can clip to vents or adhere to the dashboard of your car. The best car phone mounts also come with wireless charging capabilities.

Check out our Wireless Charging Phone mountGet moving with our Fully adjustable wireless vehicle mount ideal for GPS navigation. Its Hassle-free, no more wires to plug in with the wireless charging on the go. Hand-free phone calls and music control for safe driving. It features a Suction cup which securely fits on the windshield. 

 

Wireless Charging Phone Mount

3. Bluetooth Earbuds

The EarMigos are great wireless earbuds. Shaped after the Apple design, these earbuds will fit more easily in your ear, and because they are wireless, there's no wire that will tug at them and pull them out. Not only can you listen to music or audio, these earbuds also allow you to pickup and answer calls and function as a Bluetooth® ear piece. The EarMigos also come with a charging case so you'll never lose them, and they will always be charged and ready to go! 

EarMigos

4. Bluetooth Headset

Wireless Earbud Headsets allows you to listen to music and make phone calls without the hassle of cords. One of our favorites is the Radium X Wireless Bluetooth Headset. 

 

Wireless Bluetooth Headset

 

As most people know, distracted driving and taking your hands off of the wheel are a bad combination. It's important to know that the only true way to handle your calls while driving is to not answer at all. There are do no disturb functions on most cell phones that will inform any callers that you are driving and will get back to them when you arrive at your destination. Practicing safe driving is truly to best way to avoid accidents (and spiked auto insurance rates!). 

 

Are you looking to institute safe driving protocol for your insurance business, drivers education course or other safety initiative program? Contact our team at Andrew's Promotional Group so we can help you with safety program ideas!

source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Restrictions_on_cell_phone_use_while_driving_in_the_United_States

source: https://www.michiganautolaw.com/blog/2019/04/25/types-of-distracted-driving-visual-cognitive-manual/