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Teenagers, who make up the majority of new drivers, are the texting generation. On average, teenagers send a staggering 60 text messages every day.
Although all new drivers are advised not to text and drive, unfortunately we know that not all of them apply this advice consistently.
Many do make a concerted effort not to text when they are behind the wheel but, unfortunately, many do succumb to the temptation. Others do text openly and these generally underestimate the risk of distracted driving while, at the same time, they often overestimate their own driving skills and their ability to multitask.
Research shows that a driver’s eyes are off the road for at least five seconds when sending a text message. Unfortunately, it only takes a fraction of a second for an obstacle to appear.
Texting whilst driving increases the risk of crashing more than 23 times for drivers of any experience but, as we know, teenagers are already the most likely group to have an accident.
Here are four suggestions as to how to stop texting when driving. They are aimed at new drivers and based on the degree of self-discipline required of the new driver:
Many teenagers realise the risks associated with distracted driving but find it difficult to resist temptation when they hear the sound of incoming messages. Silencing the phone when driving eliminates that temptation. For drivers who can be consistently relied upon not to initiate a text, then this solution may be adequate, even for those who find they they have a moment of weakness when their phone alert sounds. Remember also, however, to make sure your phone isnâ€™t set to vibrate when the sound is off as that is just as compelling as a message tone.
Most of todayâ€™s smartphones can now be locked using a password and this feature can be used to good advantage by creating one that makes new drivers think twice about using their phone to text or call while driving. As an example, use a password such as â€œNoPhoneinCarâ€ or a similar short and sweet phrase means that drivers wonâ€™t be able to ignore the fact that they are doing something dangerous if they decide to attempt to text and drive.
Hopefully, teenagers who do reach for their phones will pause and think as the passphrase runs through their minds and some will realise the danger and think again. The phrase should be changed periodically so drivers donâ€™t become desensitised to it.
A simple but highly effective solution to texting and driving is to put the phone somewhere that it can only be reached once the car is safely parked.
Just like the solutions above, this also requires the driver to actively participate, so nothing can force them to follow this practice and itâ€™s the sort of task that can be easily forgotten. Also the phone in the boot will not be accessible during an emergency where a driver needs to call 999.
The most reliable option to fight phone technology is to use distracted driving technology. Inexperienced drivers (or more realistically, their parents) who are looking for a failsafe solution to prevents texting and other mobile phone distractions when driving now have reliable technological solutions available to help them.Â The technology available today can be relied upon to lock a driverâ€™s phone while he or she on the move, while still allowing access to dial 999 should there be an emergency.