This post is a part of Distracted Driving Awareness Month and is sponsored by the National Safety Council.
This morning as I drove up to the last stop light that stood between me and a cup of coffee at home after dropping off the kids from school, the light turned red. Ugh. I hate sitting there and waiting. When did 2 minutes start to feel like hours. I sat there looking around and noticed the driver to my right was looking down at her phone. So was the driver on my left. And the driver in front of me. The crazy thing is that it is illegal in my state to use any portable device at all while operating a motor vehicle. Even when stopped at a red light! It is a sad day when we cant just sit and stare out the window for two minutes at a stop light.
Distracted driving is a major issue in today’s society and not just at red lights. Pretty much every new car comes equipped with blue tooth technology so that you can answer a call without picking up your cell phone. Great that should help with distracted drivers. Well, not quite. I know I’ve found myself so distracted while talking – on the blue tooth – that I’ve driven right past an exit. Oops. While that’s not dangerous it does show that my mind was not exactly on driving safely. I was distracted by the conversation.
Check out this infographic that shows exactly how distracting dashboard infotainment systems can be:
Technology is a great thing, but it’s not so great when we’re driving. Just because the car has blue tooth technology doesn’t mean we have to use it. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the National Safety Council is urging drivers to take a pledge to drive cell free.
For one month (hopefully more) turn off the blue tooth and put the phone in the glove compartment. My kids are also really great at reminding me not to text or talk and drive. If I even go near my phone they start yelling at me! I’m teaching them even before they can drive that cell phones and driving don’t mix.