For a while now, drivers and experts alike have known that using a cell phone while driving can be a very disruptive and dangerous action. However, new research has shown that even something as quick as looking at a cell phone notification can be a very hazardous distraction.

In fact, studies performed by Florida State University have indicated that simply checking a cell phone notification for a few seconds can be just as distracting as texting or performing other, lengthier actions on a cell phone.

These brief notifications can disrupt your focus from driving, which can be very dangerous. Anything that disrupts your attention to the road can be potentially deadly.

It is very important that you do not allow any distractions such as cell phone notifications to divert your attention from the road. The easiest way to accomplish this is to put your phone away while you are driving, so that you cannot see or hear it.

If you don’t trust yourself to put your phone away while you are driving, there are some apps that will make it impossible to access your phone when traveling over a certain speed. These apps include ZoomSafer, CellSafety and several others. While disabling your phone for a brief period of time may seem like an inconvenience, it is ultimately the safest thing to do, and the most effective way to stay off of your cell phone.

If you have any questions or concerns about cell phone distractions or distracted driving in general. Please call Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-644-4444.

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