When he was in his twenties, Tyson Dever was hit by a 33-ton cement mixer, driven by a distracted driver. The near-death experience left him paralyzed from the waist down.
Today, Tyson travels the nation as motivational speaker, sharing his story in hopes of making a difference and educating people on the dangers of distracted driving.
Tyson recently teamed up with Aceable to promote safe driving habits. Check out his full story below:
Tips on avoiding distracted driving:
Turn on the new “Do Not Disturb While Driving” feature on your iPhone.
Apple’s recent iOS11 update includes the “Do Not Disturb While Driving” feature, which automatically detects when you’re driving. This means your iPhone will stop sending push notifications (with the exception of emergency alerts, timers and alarms).
You can also customize your settings to send automatic replies to texts. This feature is an easy way to get started kicking the habit of checking your phone while you’re on the road–simply because you never even have to think about turning it on and off; it does the hard work for you.
Put your phone out of reach.
Don’t entertain the temptation of picking up your phone to check for notifications. Instead, keep it out of reach and place it in your glove compartment, armrest console, etc.
Feeling drowsy? Don’t take a chance
If you find yourself getting sleepy on the road, don’t risk it; take the nearest exit and park somewhere safe (such as a highly-trafficked gas station). Get some shut-eye, if even for five minutes, until you feel ready and alert enough to drive again.
Avoid multitasking while you’re in motion.
This includes putting on makeup, eating, adjusting the radio or GPS, etc.
Minimize distractions from other people.
Try to limit the amount of passengers and activity in your car, especially if you’re driving in an unfamiliar area.