1. Put your phone in the back seat
One of the most effective solutions is also one of the simplest: Put your phone in the back seat—or at least away and out of sight—in a spot you know you can't reach while driving.
2. Place your phone in Do Not Disturb mode
If you'd rather keep your phone in the front seat, use Do Not Disturb mode. This prevents the phone from ringing, vibrating, or otherwise notifying you of texts. If you use your phone for navigating while driving, however, text messages may still appear, depending on the phone.
3. Have your phone automatically enter "car mode"
iPhones with iOS 11 can be set to detect when they're in a moving car and automatically enter Do Not Disturb While Driving mode. This limits notifications and can send a customizable automated reply to let people know you're driving. Android users can download apps with similar functions.
4. Pick a designated texter
Traveling with a passenger? Put them in charge of the phone. Make sure they have some way to unlock your device, whether that means providing your thumbprint or sharing your passcode.
4. Use hands-free technology sparingly
If you do use the hands-free technology, bear in mind that according to AAA research, even hands-free, voice activated systems can be significantly distracting—hands-free isn't risk-free. Be sure to familiarize yourself with their limitations.
5. Wear a visual, physical reminder
For extra reinforcement when the urge to text while driving strikes, try a wearable reminder that can nudge you to make the right decision in the heat of the moment. (And imagine how you'd feel if you had a texting-related crash while wearing a "Don't text and drive" thumb band.) It doesn't have to be a purpose-built band—even a rubber band from the grocery store can be helpful.
7. Pull over
If all else fails, pulling over is always an option. Find a safe place to park (if you're on the freeway, that means exiting) and text away. Make sure whoever you're texting knows you'll be driving again once the conversation ends.
8. Let your family check if you're driving
Sharing your location with family and trusted friends through apps such as Find My Friends can cut down on common texts they might send while you're behind the wheel. Rather than asking "Have you left yet?" or "Will you be here soon?" they can check the app to see if you're on the road.