Today’s connected world is leading to more and more distracted drivers. The ability to have access to our employers, customers, family and friends at a moments notice adds to the daily temptation to hop on the phone and respond immediately regardless of the commercials, youtube clips and other public service announcements that remind us how dangerous this can be.
Clearly texting and driving with it’s heavy fines is a huge distraction, but there are so many distractions that we often overlook. Talking on the phone, even hands free is a distraction. Driving while eating, applying makeup, belting out tunes, changing radio stations, turning to hand a snack to the cranky kid in the back, looking at the phone or gps for directions, even turning to give the one finger salute to that guy who just cut you off, are distracting. Every time you take your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, or even start thinking of the never ending to do list, you are putting yourself and passengers at risk.
Take a little time and think about the safety of your family, friends and fellow drivers and pull your car over when distracted. Talk to the people you love, explain to them that all of these distractions can wait. Let’s pledge to make our neighborhoods and highways a little more safe. Let’s start paying attention to the roads and making driving our only concern while behind the wheel.