You are the key …
           to safety on the road

Mindfulness tip: Travel text-free

Managing Fatigue and Driving

Texting is a quick and easy way to keep in touch. But it can distract us from other things—like driving, biking or even walking—that deserve our full attention.

Suddenly, How about we get together later? can turn into, How did I just bump into a telephone pole?!?

Your morning commute, afternoon ride or evening stroll can be a lot more pleasant—and safer—if you put the phone away. That way, you’ll be free to admire the passing scenery or actually talk with your companions.

You’ll also be able to react more than 35% faster if a pedestrian vehicle or tree enters your path, according to a 2014 U.K. research study of how texting affects drivers.

Still tempted to glance at the screen whenever you see it light up or hear that familiar ping? Here are a few ideas:

  • Turn off your phone (or mute the volume) while traveling.
  • Stow the device in your glove compartment or someplace else you won’t be able to reach until your journey is complete.
  • Some devices, including iPhones running iOS 11, have a Do Not Disturb feature that you can set to turn on automatically when the phone senses driving motion.
  • If you must respond to an urgent message or call, find a safe place to pull over or stop walking so that you can focus.

Consider the break from texting while you’re on the road as a gift to yourself—to enjoy the moment and focus on the task at hand so that you can safely get to your destination. Those messages will still be there when you arrive.

For more, visit: A Meta-analysis of the Effects of Texting on Driving,” Jeff K. Caird et al., October 2014