Distracted driving can, as we all know, have deadly consequences. But what you may not realize is that in 2015 alone, distracted driving caused 3,450 deaths and 391,000 injuries, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In addition, the NHTSA estimates that during daylight hours, there are roughly 481,000 drivers (most of whom are teens) using cell phones while driving. It's terrifying if you think about it. But thinking about it won't solve the problem. Only putting an end to the distraction will.
Of course, smartphones aren't going anywhere – which is why we've developed an app to help you stay focused while driving, and are offering a few simple distracted driving tips that can help you stay safe behind the wheel.
First of all, the Sprint Drive First app works by silencing your email alerts, text notifications and phone calls on your device when you’re driving in your car, and lets your friends know you’re behind the wheel. You can, of course, reach emergency services at any time, and can even reach people from a select list of numbers. And if you're a passenger, you can unlock the app so that you can freely use your phone while the car is in motion.
If you need further assistance maintaining your focus on the road, you can also try these distracted driving tips:
Put your phone in your purse, backpack, satchel or briefcase, and place it in the trunk before you get behind the wheel.
If you do keep your phone on while you drive, don't make, or take, calls via your vehicle's Bluetooth technology. Hands-free calling can still be a distraction on the road.
Limit the number of passengers in your vehicle, and keep activity within the car to a minimum.
Avoid eating (and even drinking) while driving.
If you're tired, you're automatically distracted, so avoid getting behind the wheel when what you really need is a nap.
Suffice it to say, you should also avoid reading and driving, practicing your DJ skills while driving, applying makeup or shaving while driving, fussing with your hair while you're driving – or generally doing anything that isn't driving while you're behind the wheel. It just puts you and too many others at risk, and simply isn't worth it, so please use your smartphone responsibly.