Driving with Cell Phones

Our smart phones have practically become an extension of our hands.  Everywhere you look people have their faces buried in their phones.  For a lot of people checking phone has become an obsession.  As most obsessions, it could get dangerous.  Checking your phone while you are driving is just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated.  Any time your attention is taken away from driving you are putting yourself and your passengers are risk, not to mention the people and drivers who are around you.

The best thing to do while you are driving is to shut the phone off and even put it someplace out of reach, like the glove compartment or back seat.  Take the temptation away and you will be able to concentrate on the road.  Sometimes this isn’t practical since most people use GPS applications on their phones.  If this is the case, get a mount for the phone so you can have the phone in view as you would have had with other GPS units.  In this case, it is best if you turned off all notifications so you are not tempted to reach over and check new emails and texts as they come in.  If you are using your phone as a GPS, then keep the phone in that mode for the time you are driving.

There are options on the phones that make it easier to use while you are driving, such as driving mode, voice commands and your earphones.  These things let you keep your hands on the wheel, but if you are driving and talking and responding to texts, your attention is being pulled in several places at once and your risk levels will rise anyway.  If you get into an accident, one of the things you may be asked is if you were on the phone while you were driving.  Even if you are using a hands-free device, just being on the phone can show that your attention was not on driving.

When you are driving, that is where your mind must be.  Disconnect from the internet and make sure you get to where you need to go in once piece.  Your emails and texts will be there when you get to your destination.

If you were injured in a car accident, you need to be represented by an attorney with the experience to properly and effectively handle your case.  Call the Law Offices of Elan Wurtzel at 516-822-7866.

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