We all know it's unsafe to text or phone while driving. But what to do when faced with the powerful symptoms of Cell Phone Withdrawal? Millions of young Americans cope with CPW everyday. Follow these steps and you too can live a full, rewarding, accident-free life.
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.