I am not a great multitasker as I might think. Some people call it ADD or multitasking. Everyone seems to be trying to get cram and get more things in a day. Yes, it is exciting to get a ding you have a text message when driving, but is it really worth the lives you could impact if you misjudge your driving? The simple answer is NO. It is never worth it. No texting while driving
No Texting While Driving
Pull Into Parking Lot
I am not sure about you, but I am not driving in my car that long to get anywhere. Going to the grocery store, taking the kids to school or driving to work doesn’t take a long time. All of these are anywhere from 5-30 minutes away. If I get a text and it is something really important, I will pull into a parking lot and look at the text. Then there is time to respond while my car is parked. I have done this on occasion especially when I have precious cargo in my car, my children. I want them to see I am a responsible driver. There is no texting while driving in the car. With a twelve year old daughter, I want to show her by example texting and driving are not acceptable behavior.
Keep Your Eyes on the Road
Sometimes I will receive a text while driving. Instead of grabbing my phone and seeing who it is, I will ask my daughter to read it for me or tell me who it is from. Letting a passenger help text or read a message for you is a much better and safer option. This allows you to still keep your eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and still concentrate on driving.
It Can Wait, No Texting While Driving
Or the text can simply just wait. Leave the message alone and wait until you get to your destination. I know this is hard for some people, but no one usually needs a response right away. If you are like me it doesn’t take long to get to the next destination. Once you are there you can read and respond to the text. Simply it can just wait until you are in a stopped vehicle before you respond.
Sometimes I think we forget we are driving a vehicle. Our only focus should be driving a vehicle. Keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road to be safe. This is something I am very passionate about. I cannot express the importance of being a good driver behind the wheel. It only takes one mistake to not only ruin your life, but someone else’s forever. Be responsible. No texting while driving. It Can Wait!
Will You Make the Choice to Decide to Drive?
- The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Auto Alliance want to increase awareness about the risks of distracted driving.
- The Decide to Drive program aims to empower drivers and passengers to speak up about distracted driving, continue the conversation at home, work and play, and reduce distracted behaviors behind the wheel.
- According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), of the nearly 33,000 roadway fatalities in 2012, there were 3,328 fatalities and approximately 421,000 injuries in distracted driving-related crashes.
- Orthopaedic surgeons—the specialists who put bones and limbs back together after road crashes and traumas—along with our partners, the automakers, would rather help all drivers “decide to drive” each time they get in the car and to keep bones and limbs intact.
- Remember, the most advanced safety feature of any vehicle is the driver. The AAOS and the Auto Alliance urges all drivers to keep their most sophisticated safety features engaged at all times: eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.
Decide To Drive Catchphrase Contest:
- Top prize is a $1,000 Visa Gift Card (and the potential of having your idea featured prominently in a nationwide Decide to Drive campaign!); two runners-up will receive $500 Visa Gift Cards.
- Open to everyone 18+ in the US
Are you going to decide to drive?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.