National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

This sponsored post is in partnership with U.S. Cellular.

Wow! April flew by! I am finishing up the month at the Mom2 Summit which is amazing. But I wanted to take some time to note that April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and I challenged myself to break up with my mobile in the car habit. I love my iPhone, but it doesn’t need to be in my hand at all times.

Sometimes, it’s as simple as putting it in my purse before I set my purse on the floor of the car. But for times when I am purseless, I have been using the following tips from U.S. Cellular as well. Read on!

Take away distractions: It is easy to be distracted by the phone buzzing in the console. If the noise is too disruptive, switch to the Do Not Disturb mode on the iPhone 6s during drive time. Friends and family will understand the commitment to limit distractions.

Prepare yourself beforehand: Enter the address into the GPS on a smartphone before hitting the road. Make sure to place your mobile device in a spot where directional prompting can be heard to prevent missing a turn.

Enlist the help of passengers if it can’t wait: Remember, distracted driving not only affects you, but also impacts the safety of others. Passengers can help you if a message or phone call absolutely can’t wait. If driving alone, consider pulling off the road briefly to use a device.

Make a family commitment: Make the commitment to not text and drive. With the popularity of texting, it is no surprise that 87 percent of smartphone owners text daily. Download a parent/child agreement and customize it for your situation. It allows families to create a customizable contract with family members to make the conversation easier and clearer.

Sometimes I do need to have my phone on hand because i am expecting a call from one of the girls’ doctors or I need to be available for school calls. That’s when I pair my iPhone with wireless accessories to increase safety and maintain availability on the road.

With accessories such as the Plantronics Voyager Legend Bluetooth Headset, carrying on a conversation during a commute is easy, convenient and safe. According to the same U.S. Cellular survey, 74 percent of those who use their phone while driving utilize a hands-free device such as a Bluetooth headset or in-car Bluetooth system.

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