Phone use while driving is incredibly dangerous for you and other drivers on the road. As much as we may like to think that we’re capable of multitasking, the number of accidents shows we truly aren’t.

Why Does Phone Use Decrease My EverDrive Score?

EverDrive Phone DistractionThe National Safety Council found that phone use is involved in at least 26% of car accidents and another study shows that texting doubles a driver’s reaction time. So, if you’re typically able to react to a hazard on the highway within 2 seconds, it will take you 4 seconds to recognize those brake lights when you’re distracted.

Because of these striking statistics, and the fact that nearly every state now has distracted driving laws, using your phone while driving will decrease your EverDrive score significantly. EverDrive senses when you use your phone based on the movement or placement of the device.

The image to the right illustrates how a driver used their phone in two places along the route. The driver could have killed themselves or someone else during either of those incidents. A text may only take “a few seconds”, but a few seconds is all it takes to cause an avoidable collision. After all, in just 5 seconds, a car can travel the length of a football field.

Any EverDriver who uses their phone while driving will see a decreased score. Picking up your phone, texting or calling without a hands-free device is reckless and dangerous. Is a text or phone call worth a life? Improve your driving score today and become a safer driver by eliminating distractions.

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How to Avoid Phone Use and Distracted Driving:

  • Don’t eat, drink, check social media or apps, send emails, answer texts or take part in any other behavior that is unrelated to driving.
  • If you must make a phone call, use a hands-free device.
  • Make car adjustments before you get on the road. Check the positioning of your mirrors, set up your GPS and look up traffic conditions before driving instead of during your trip.  
  • If necessary, alert friends and family before you start driving that you will be unavailable.
  • Use safe driving apps like EverDrive to hold yourself accountable.
  • Silence notifications that may tempt you to pick up your cell phone.
  • Watch these PSAs before you get behind the wheel to remind yourself of distracted driving consequences.
  • Limit the number of passengers in your vehicle if you believe they may cause a distraction.
  • Pull over if you must send a text, answer a phone call or address child passengers.

EverDrive provides you with useful information about your driving skills so you can review your driving performance and overall score. Users receive a quick snapshot of their skills and detailed information about their trip. Your score is determined by your driving habits, including the tendency to speed, ease into turns, accelerate gently, brake gradually and frequency of distracted driving behavior. Follow these tips to stop phone use and improve upon your safe driving skills today.

Photo credit: FMHS