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Maria Shriver has Cell Phone Driving Mishap – Tips to Help Break the Habit

Posted Nov 15 2009 10:00pm

As more states impose a ban on texting while driving, throngs of habitual texters have suddenly found themselves with mounting traffic violations, bills and headaches. The latest high-profile offender is California’s First Lady Maria Shriver who was caught multiple times using a cell phone while driving only a year after her husband signed the ban into law.

Like Mrs. Shriver, users everywhere are being forced to turn their cell phones off when they get behind the wheel and cope with certain feelings of loss, anxiety and detachment. In an effort to help them deal with the effects of text withdrawal, Predicto Mobile, the largest premium mobile service content provider, offers up these 9 helpful tips…

Admittance- The first ticket may be your first indication, the second and third may just drive the point home. As with most addictions, the first step to recovery is admitting there is a problem.

Acceptance – Once you are able to accept that cell phone usage is keeping you from being a better driver, you will have the ability to change

Break the Routine – Sometimes bad habits become second nature and part of our daily routine. If you always respond to text messages at a certain intersection on the drive home from work, take a different route.

Limited Text Plans – By limiting the number of texts your cellular plan has, you reduce the number of texts you are able to send before hitting overage charges. If you text over your limit while driving and then get pulled over, you will really be kicking yourself.

Text-free zone – Designate your car as a text free zone so that you are not tempted by the texting of other passengers in the vehicle.

Patience is a Virtue – Living in a generation of instant gratification we tend to feel a sense of urgency when communicating with others. It’s important for habitual texters to realize that whatever conversation they may be having via phone in their car can wait until they are out of the vehicle.

Try Going Wireless – If the thought of excommunication in the car is too much to handle, consider investing in wireless, voice operated devices that can free up your hands and bring your attention back to the road.

Seek Support – From friends, families and others who may feel powerless without a hand held in their car and form a support group

Designated Texter – When all else fails and you simply must respond, designate one passenger to serve as the official texter

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