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Everyone knows that texting while driving is primarily against the law. It is illegal in almost every state! But how many times have you passed someone on the road and look over and they are carrying on a digital conversation with their fingertips placed squarely on their mobile device? Lots, I am sure. Our world has shifted full-speed into a digital age and we have become addicted to our smartphones. That addiction does not stop even when we sit down into the driver’s seat of our vehicles. However great the pull to be on your phone 24/7 may be, texting while driving is a serious issue that needs to be addressed.

We need to practice good driving habits and execute them every time we get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Here are 4 ways to stop texting and driving immediately that should set you up for success.

These simple reminders may seem a little basic, but they can be the best foundation to start healthier driving habits. When it comes to life or death situations out on the highway, you don’t want to be the one holding the bag, or in this case, the cell phone.

  1. Keep your phone out of reach while driving.
  2. When using your smartphone as a GPS, make sure you have a phone mount on the dashboard and voice directions turned on.
  3. Find an app (there are many available) to block incoming texts and phone calls.
  4. Turn your phone off or put your phone's volume on silent.

These 4 ways to stop texting and driving immediately are easy to remember and can save you and any young driver in your life from a serious accident. Begin putting these suggested steps into practice immediately.

According to the Center for Disease Control, distracted driving caused an average of 9 deaths and 1,000 injuries per day in 2018. The phrase "distracted driving" includes any activity that takes the drivers attention away from driving - but it has become synonymous with cell phone usage. Do not be the 1 out of every 4 car accidents that happen due to texting while driving. Stop texting while driving today!

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