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Misconceptions About Texting and Driving Revealed

Misconceptions About Texting and Driving Revealed

Texting and driving has undeniably become a chronic problem. From law enforcement to researchers, from cellphone makers to service providers, everybody involved is trying to tackle the increasing menace.

SimpleTexting, a company that offers text marketing services, has compiled a few eye-opening statistics about the ever-present urban threat.

    Texting and driving has always been assumed to be a “thing” among modern youth. Both the activities offer a tremendous amount of freedom. The law, as well as regularly published reports, routinely single out teenagers as the primary culprits. They are often blamed for devoting their entire attention to a cell phone, even while they are behind the wheel.

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    This society associates texting and driving primarily with the youth’s domain. While kids are way more distracted on the roads today, statistics gathered by SimpleTexting indicate they aren’t the sole culprit. Here are some of the misconceptions the study busted:

    It’s the teens who are texting and driving

    It appears the teens are the least of the worries when it comes to texting while driving. While teenagers are part of the problem, they are the least contributors to the menace. While one would point the finger at the next-likely age group, they would be wrong. Shockingly, it is the seniors who seem to commonly ignore safety and indulge in texting while driving.

      While driving in your later years isn’t a crime, it is seldom advised and should never be encouraged. Advanced age brings with it a myriad of health concerns that hinder optimum performance behind the wheel. Add to it the blatant disregard for public and road safety by texting, and this is an impending disaster just waiting to happen.

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      Of the people surveyed, 14.4 percent of people guilty of texting and driving were above the age of 65. It is equally surprising to note that the number of people texting while driving declines with younger age groups (aside from the 25-34 range). The numbers seem to indicate people lose their concern about safety as they age.

      The law keeps the violators in check

      Laws against texting and driving have been made stricter in recent times. The penalties for not paying attention to the road are steep. Repeated violators stand to lose their driving license and privileges.

      Under such circumstances, one would assume the law might be keeping the law breakers in check. However, the statistics indicate the assumptions couldn’t be any further from the ground reality.

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        According to the research conducted by SimpleTexting, over 90 percent of people who text and drive aren’t pulled over or caught. Less than 8 percent of violators claim that they have actually been stopped or caught by the police. Unfortunately, the report doesn’t reveal what action the cops chose to take against those guilty of texting while driving. The fact that so many manage to evade the long arm of the law is quite concerning.

        Hands-free technology works

        While car makers these days include hands-free technology that is aimed at preventing texting while driving, almost half of the people surveyed do not use it.

        For quite a few reasons, 45 percent of the drivers said they never paired their cell phone with the hands-free technology in their cars, while 22 percent have used it very rarely.

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          There has been no legislature that mandates the use of hands-free technology. Moreover, behavioral experts often stress that use of such technology doesn’t improve the attention of the driver on the road. Instead, it only works to worsen the already bad situation by adding anxiety about the reliable connection to the mix.

            The report also indicated that people who text and drive rarely admit it. The culprits are often known to blatantly lie about their addiction to texting. From a technological perspective, it seems iPhone users are more prone to texting while driving when compared to Android users.

              Featured photo credit: Texting and Driving via veracruz.quadratin.com.mx

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              Last Updated on October 16, 2019

              11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

              11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

              Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

              Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

              Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

              In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

              1. ScheduleOnce

                ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

                ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

                ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

                Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

                Available on Web

                2. Calendly

                  Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

                  You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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                  Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

                  3. Assistant.to

                    For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

                    From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

                    While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

                    Available on Web

                    4. Acuityscheduling

                      Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

                      It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

                      Available on Web | iOS | Android

                      5. Pick

                        Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

                        At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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                        Available on Web

                        6. X.ai

                          For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

                          This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

                          Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

                          Available on Web

                          7. YouCanBook.me

                            is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                            They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                            Available on Web

                            8. Doodle

                              Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                              It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                              You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                              While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                              Available on Web | iOS | Android

                              9. WhenAvailable

                                WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                                Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                                Available on Web

                                10. Rally

                                  Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                                  Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                                  Available on Web

                                  11. NeedtoMeet

                                    Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                                    NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                                    While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                                    Available on Web

                                    Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                                    In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                                    To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                                    Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                                    A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                                    Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                                    If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                                    Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                                    With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                                    The Bottom Line

                                    Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                                    Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                                    Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

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