Auto rates are climbing… and will most likely keep climbing in the years to come.
Reasons are varied, but it can be partially attributed to the increase in distracted driving. With more devices, and therefore more distractions, involved in our daily lives, we have assumed more risk. Some people check their emails at stoplights, update their status while stuck in traffic and even return text messages while in their in the car. All of this has led to more accidents and, unfortunately, a trend in higher auto rates for everyone.
Although, we can’t mitigate all distractions while in the car. You can take a few precautions to make sure you aren’t contributing to the problem.
Mute Your Devices
As soon as you get in your car, turn the sound off on your phone and any other device that may distract you. If you don’t hear the ping of a new text, email or Instagram Like, you won’t be as tempted to find out what is happening in your digital world.
Put It Away
If you can’t easily reach it, you won’t be as tempted to use it. If you are that desperate, that’s an even bigger sign that you need a digital detox. Put it in a bag, in the back seat or the trunk and enjoy the drive.
Alert Your Contacts
Let anyone who may contact you know that you are driving and you’ll be unreachable until you arrive at your destination. If they don’t contact you, you won’t need to respond back.
There aren’t many times during the day that you can completely shut-off. Use your drive time as a time to disconnect and decompress. Take a break from your devices and take a deep breath. It will make a safer drive for everyone and you’ll feel happier and more relaxed when you arrive at your destination.