Texting and driving: 5 ways to avoid doing it

It might seem obvious, but plenty of people still do it. In fact, an estimated 660,000 drivers in the U.S. are using their cell phones or electronic devices at any given moment-- while driving. That's despite the fact that in many states, it's illegal to text while driving, or even use your hand-held cell phone at all.

So, how can you keep yourself from being one of them-- and keep yourself safe behind the wheel? Here are 5 ways to avoid texting behind the wheel (or keep your teen from doing it): 

1. Put it in the back.

You can't use your phone if it's in the back seat-- or better yet, in your trunk. For many parents, it's the first line of defense. Avoid it completely by putting it in the back BEFORE you start your car.

2. Put it on silent.
It might be as effective as #1, but if you don't hear the notification, you're less likely to look at the phone-- or touch it.

3. Live2Txt app
This one is for Android users. It's an app that lets you block incoming texts and calls while you drive. You turn the app on, and it silences your phone of incoming notification. And, if you get a text, it replies for you with a customized message saying you're not able to respond (because you're driving!). Lots of customizable options on this one, including blocking incoming calls and texts, or just one or the other.

4. Drivemode app
AT&T launched this mobile app that automatically launches once the car is moving at more than 25 mph. It responds to all your texts and emails to say you're driving and can't respond. Available for iOS, Android and Blackberry, and it's FREE.
 
5. DriveSafe.ly app
This mobile app works for both iOS and Androids. It reads your texts and emails aloud in real time, and automatically responds without you having to touch the phone. It's also free.



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