Sometimes when I am driving, I unconsciously reach for my phone to check for a text, a call or an email.
It’s like, as soon as I get to a stop light, or there is a bit of traffic, I have to immediately be distracted with my cell phone. My daughter, who is four once called me out on it.
“Mommy, you shouldn’t be on your phone when you’re driving! You need two hands on the wheel!”
Not cool. My daughter is supposed to learn from my example, and this was not something I wanted her to learn.
Besides, she was right. What’s wrong with just, you know, sitting at a light. Paying attention to traffic and just listening to the radio.
I started to put my phone in the back seat before I started driving, and that seemed to do the trick. Then, I met some representatives from AT&T at a conference, and we got to talking about their campaign, “It Can Wait.”
No text, no email to check or no Facebook status to update is worth it.
“It” being a crash that could potentially kill you, another driver or passenger, or create serious injuries.
Sending or looking at that text, tweet, post or email from behind the wheel can be deadly. In fact, studies show that those who text while driving are much more likely to be in a crash.
You’d never think of closing your eyes while driving, yet when you text or check your phone, that’s exactly what you are doing.
Android phones, have the option to set a “drive mode.” When your phone is in drive mode and detects you are at a certain speed, it disallows any operations from functioning. iPhones don’t allow for apps that interfere with their OS.
I had the opportunity to do my own test drive of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (more on that review later) but one thing I loved was that drive mode. I knew that even if reached for the phone, it would be pointless because the “Drive Mode” would render the phone useless.
So now, this is sort of becoming my “thing.” I want to knock on the window of every person I see texting from their driver’s seat and remind them that texting and driving kills. And no text or update is worth a life.
Take the pledge to never text while driving here.