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Double trouble: Social media and driving don't mix

Woman driving while looking at cellphone

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.


  1. Keep your phone at arm’s length.

    It's easier to answer a call if you don't have to dig through your purse or backpack for your phone.

  2. Go hands-free.

    Hands-free means hands are on the wheel. If possible, consider using a headset, in-car calling that synchs to your vehicle’s infotainment system, or use a mounted device to answer on speaker phone.

  3. Plan your calls ahead.

    Avoid scrolling through your contact list in search for a number by pre-dialing the number on your phones keypad. When it's time to actually hit dial, the number will already be there.

Keep up with safety tips and take the pledge to be a distracted-free driver at Distraction.gov. And don't forget - if you're a Foremost® customer, you may have access to roadside assistance via your policy!



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