5 Ways To Prevent Texting And Driving

We know how impossible it can be to put your phone down. You've got texts to answer, pics to Instagram, things to Facebook, tweets to send – you get the idea. While there's nothing wrong with wanting to be connected 24/7, the line has to be drawn at texting and driving. Why? Well, for starters you are 23 times more likely to get into an accident than a non-texting driver. Don't be a statistic. Here are five ways to keep your eyes on the road and off your phone.

1. Put it away. Out of sight, out of mind! Turn your phone off and keep it somewhere you won’t see it, like in your bag or in the back seat. This will keep your mind off of wanting to respond to incoming messages.

2. Silence is safe. It’s hard to ignore your phone when you hear the “bbrringg” sound. By putting your phone on silent, you can avoid being tempted. Just think how awesome it will be to not be interrupted when you’re rocking out to your favorite song (safely, of course).

3. Designated Texter. Get one of your friends to be the designated texter who can read the messages and respond to them. You won’t miss a beat with your BFF manning the phone.

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5. Find an app. If you have a smart phone, get smart. There are many apps to help you quit texting and driving. The AT&T Drivemode app is free and lets you set up auto-replies that are sent to incoming texts, e-mails and calls.

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- Teresa Roca is a NYC writer who is obsessed with celebrities, sports and movies. Her favorite cause is bullying and violence.