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Staying focused while driving

In a world where all most of our communication comes from a device only a little larger than your hand, there comes an obligation to be “on call” 24/7. At any given time, your phone can beep or chirp with another notification.

Of course, the person on the other end has no idea what that you might be driving. They are merely sending along the information when it is convenient for them. On your end, though, it feels like they need a response right away.

While it may be tempting to multi-task while you’re driving, the distraction is not worth the potential damage and injury that can result. Here are some ways to prevent getting distracted from the road ahead.

Getting over the feeling of being on-call

While having a cell phone on you all the time may give you the sense that you are expected to answer immediately, this is rarely the case. Often, it is an overwhelming feeling of curiosity that is the driving force behind reaching for the phone when it beeps. Typically, the person on the other end knows you are going to be engaged in another activity and that you will respond when you are able.

There are, of course, jobs where employees are expected to carry a phone and respond to emergencies. Even when this is the case, however, companies usually have policies in place so that you can stop your vehicle to respond to an emergency call.

There’s an app for that

No matter what kind of device you have, a quick search can help you find an app that will deliver an automatic reply when you are driving (and silence the alert noise). Some phones even come with this pre-installed. Many of these apps can also detect when you are driving, so you don’t even have to remember to turn it on.

Knowing that the person who sent the message is at least getting a reply that you will get back to them can be a relief when you are trying to stay focused on the road.

Illegal in Alabama

Texting and emailing are illegal in Alabama and can come with a fine if you are caught. Keep in mind that the rule is in place to help keep everyone safe. Trying to hide looking at your phone only increases the risk of an accident.

Remember, the road ahead of you can change in a moment. Taking your eyes off the road, even for a second, can put you and others at risk. The alert on your phone can wait.