4 Ways to Prevent Distracted Driving
Vehicles are getting smarter every day. Basic functionality has taken a backseat, making way for 21st century technology that feature a vast array of capabilities. An extension of your smartphone and home computer, Bluetooth, GPS and voice recognition have quickly become the standard in many newer cars, trucks and SUVs. But when do these features become a distraction? Vehicle technology has the ability to become a double-edged sword.
Today, distracted driving is more prevalent than ever. Did you know that at any given moment approximately 660,000 American drivers are using a cell phones or manipulating electronic devices when operating their vehicle. Here are four common-sense ways to help prevent distracted driving:
Both Hands on the Wheel
Using one hand to drive and the other to do something else is the definition of distracted driving. Using the free hand to change the radio or check your mobile not only demands extra attention, but can lead to accidents by taking your eyes off the road. Keep your hands on the steering wheel at ten and two o’clock to help prevent accidents.
A great way to pass the time while driving is by listening to your favorite music. Newer vehicles offer wireless mobile music streaming via Bluetooth technology. Music lovers are much safer when choosing a song using the controls on the steering wheel, rather than multitasking with their mobile device to scroll for the perfect song. We recommend using Bluetooth for its wireless capabilities and the ability to keep both your eyes and hands on the wheel.
Making a phone call while driving is considered unsafe, even with hands-free calling. But sometimes an emergency call just needs to be answered. Using the speakerphone setting on your phone to answer your calls is by far the safer option. Newer model cars come standard with Bluetooth phone technology. However, older model cars also need a solution for receiving emergency calls. The best option is the hands-free speakerphone setting.
Dashboard Phone Mounts
According to the US National Safety Council, approximately 1,600,000 accidents occur each year. A dashboard mount and phone holder is a common-sense solution to help prevent distracted driving. Phone mounts keep your mobile device in a fixed, secure position. They also help you take advantage of the newest technologies that vehicles have to offer today.
ProClip USA is proud to promote safe driving habits with our mobile mounting solutions. Please keep your hands on the wheel and mount your phone with a custom phone mount and holder so you can keep your eyes where you need them most – on the road!