3 Substitutes to Texting While Driving
Many people understand the dangers of texting while driving, an action now illegal in many areas around the United States, including many cities in Texas. It is no secret that such acts of distracted driving can lead to automobile accidents. Many people have taken the message to heart and abstain from using their phone while behind the wheel.
However, the lure of sending out a quick text while on the road is still too great of a temptation for some people. Sometimes your commute might be the only chance during the day to respond to your messages. Or perhaps the texts you receive while driving demand an immediate response. If you find yourself struggling to put your phone down while behind the wheel, consider these options to keep you and other drivers safe on the road.
Bluetooth is an increasingly popular technology used for a wide range of purposes. The most common application of Bluetooth, however, is to make hands-free calls with your phone. Instead of texting, simply make a call. Using only your voice, you can dial a number and speak with someone, all while keeping your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Bluetooth headsets come in a diverse array of styles and sizes, so you can select a model that best suits your purposes. If you are seeking an even more convenient experience, many recent automobiles come equipped with a built in Bluetooth system, removing the need for a headset.
Not interested in making a Bluetooth call? Perhaps you only need to send a quick response. If speaking to someone over the phone is too much of a hassle, consider looking into a Voice-to-Text application for your phone. As the name suggests, this special type of app allows you to speak to your phone, which will then interpret your words and send them as a text. Voice-to-Text applications integrate beautifully with text-reading apps, which read your texts aloud through your phone's speaker. Combined with a Bluetooth system, you can send and receive text messages without ever having to turn your attention away from the road.
Sometimes your commute might be riddled with traffic, accidents, inclement weather, and other hazards. If you often find yourself driving through high-stress, high-risk conditions, an Auto-Respond application for your phone might be the best solution. Your phone will automatically respond to any texts you receive while the app is switched on. Many Auto-Respond applications allow you to customize what automatic message is sent, such as "I'm currently driving right now. I will get back to you as soon as I can." Consider using an Auto-Respond app to keep your contacts updated while you keep your focus on the road.
1,153 people are injured and 9 people are killed every day due to distracted driving, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. If you or someone you know are one of these people, let Colley & Colley handle the case and discuss your options. Contact an experienced attorney today.