- Step 1: Cope with PDA Beware of PDA: Power-Down Anxiety. You love your phone, and you hate the thought of shutting it down or ignoring it. The solution? Create a cozy glove-compartment bed. Now you're not shunning your phone … you're just letting it get some much-needed quiet time.
- Step 2: Utilize CPC Beat CPC: Compulsive Phone Checking, also known as 'didtheycall syndrome." Can't stop checking your phone every 5 seconds? No problem. Simply trick out your rearview mirror to look like your phone. Your eyes will be drawn to the decoy 'screen", channeling your CPC into a safe driving habit.
- Step 3: Turn RTS into a brutal text-training regimen Overcome RTS: Restless Thumb Syndrome. Parting with your phone for any amount of time can leave thumbs feeling restless and antsy. Find a thumb-oriented workout that will keep your digits occupied and won't interfere with driving activities. On arrival, you'll find you're even better at texting than ever … AND you'll have the rock-hard, sculpted thumbs you've always wanted.
- Step 4: Textual abstinence Practice textual abstinence. As a young adult, the desire for textual experimentation is only natural. But texting while driving is never a good idea! Find safe outlets to channel your textual energy. And consider getting a "promise ringtone" as a symbol of your vow to wait … until you've arrived at your destination.
- Step 5: Master the symptoms before they spiral out of control Enduring CPW isn't easy, but it can be done -- and the alternative is a much more dangerous condition: S.T.U.P.I.D. This more severe affliction can result in reckless driving, loss of popularity, and even death.Don't let yourself get S.T.U.P.I.D… master CPW, one mile at a time.
- FACT: Driving while texting is one of the most dangerous things teens can do behind the wheel.