Ending A Friends Distracted Driving Habits

Published by Michael Hoban on

Since the driver needs to keep their focus on the road sometimes the passenger(s) in a car end up playing the vital role of navigator. Letting a passenger handle navigation allows the driver to focus more on the road.  Unfortunately, some folks can’t keep their hands off their phone, whether it’s texting, calling, or scrolling. They not only put themselves at risk of getting a ticket or into an accident, but they are risking their passenger(s) safety as well. This post will go over ways you can help end your friends distracted driving habits.

Fone-Phree Driving

In 2017 alone, distracted driving killed  3,166 people, with nearly 600 of them being nonoccupants of the vehicle. In fact, just looking at your phone for a few seconds makes your chances of getting into an accident 2X-6X greater. Depending on the speed you are traveling, your vehicle may travel long distances without you really be aware of your surroundings. If you have a friend who actively text and drives or something else that would distract them, the time to intervene is now.

What Are You, My Mom?

There are several ways to break your friends distracted driving habits friends. Below is a list of things you can try. Just remember to be genuine when approaching so you don’t come off as condescending 

  • The first and the best thing you can do is volunteer to be the texter/navigator for the driver
  • If the driver won’t hand over the phone, remind them of the several risks they are taking
    • Risking their own life, your life, and all passengers and pedestrians on the road
    • They risk getting into an accident that would drive up insurance rates
    • They risk getting flagged as a high-risk driver and having to get Sr22 Insurance
    • They risk getting ticketed for a moving violation which includes fines