Using a cell phone while driving caused an estimated 1.5 million car accidents in the U.S. in 2018 according to the National Safety Council. In Colorado alone, 43 drivers crash every day due to distracted driving. Our cell phones provide us with an app for everything from social media to maps to having our favorite photos and songs at the touch of our fingers. However, driving while using your phone can put you or someone else at risk.
What are steps we in Denver can all take to reduce statistics like the one above?
Put your phone out of sight, with the volume off. What we don’t see, won’t take our attention away from the road ahead. Apple recently upgraded their IOS to include an option to avoid distraction while driving. When the phone detects driving, it sends automated messages and does not alert the driver.
Don’t wear earbuds while driving. Some drivers who don’t have Bluetooth use these to answer calls. This prevents you from hearing vital sounds surrounding you such as horns and sirens.
Use a Bluetooth device to answer your calls, or use your onboard system in your vehicle. Many vehicles come with these already installed.
These are just a few examples of the steps to take to avoid driving while distracted. Distracted driving is becoming a serious issue not only in Denver, but across the country. At Zzona Insurance, our mission is to keep you and your family safe. Contact us today to learn more about safe driving habits and information about our auto insurance options.