Hold the phone. Actually, just put it away when you’re driving. This practice may seem like common sense, but if you hop onto Google, you’ll find dozens of articles pointing fingers at social media sites for deadly car crashes. Yes, distracted driving isn’t just about texting anymore.
“The percentage of drivers who text-message or visibly manipulate handheld devices increased from 1.7 percent in 2013 to 2.2 percent in 2014. Since 2007, young drivers (age 16 to 24) have been observed manipulating electronic devices at higher rates than older drivers,” according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
You and your loved ones don’t have to be part of the dangerous statistics. We’ve already given one recommendation to ditch social media while driving, but here are three other cell phone safety tips to follow to help you stay focused.