While it may be tempting to use your phone while driving, needless to say, it’s highly dangerous for both yourself and other road users. Taking your focus away from the road significantly increases your chances of getting into an accident. We’ve put together a short guide that offers five steps to ensure you remain focused on the road.
1. Plan your route before you set off
So you’re not tempted to look up directions while on the road, you should have a fairly good idea of the route you’ll be taking before you set off. Attempting to use Google Maps or a satnav while driving is very unsafe, so if you need to check your route, pull over first.
2. Get your playlist ready
We understand it’s annoying when your radio stops working or your playlist ends while you’re still on the road. For this reason, we advise that you prepare a playlist ahead of time that will cover the entirety of your commute. Why not make the soundtrack longer too just in case there’s traffic or delays?
3. Put your phone on Do Not Disturb mode
The Do Not Disturb feature on phones is literally a lifesaver on the road. You won’t hear your phone pinging, so you’ll be less tempted to check your Whatsapp or text messages. As an added bonus, you can even create automatic replies by adjusting your settings.
4. Finish eating your breakfast before leaving
Do your best to avoid eating or drinking while you drive because your hands should be free to control the car while on the road. As the driver, you should not be using your car ride to finish having breakfast or applying makeup.
5. Remain calm
If you’re stuck in traffic, it’s vital that you don’t get too stressed out. There’s not much you can do about it, but if you find yourself becoming more and more agitated, pull over until you’ve calmed down.
If you’re involved in a not-my-fault accident, don’t hesitate to contact our expert and friendly team at Not My Fault to schedule a replacement vehicle.