Texting and driving. You’ve done it, I’ve done it, and it doesn’t make it right. This is always such a touchy subject, and I hate that it is. Everyone just assumes they can text something back “real quick” and it will be no big deal.
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. And THAT is a big deal.
Unfortunately, I can admit that I’ve texted while driving, been scrolling through my music, or even checking a Facebook notification and looked up just in the nick of time to throw on my brakes. Over the past several months, I’ve been much more intentional about putting my cell phone in my tennis bag or purse so that when it rings or makes a notification noise, it’s harder to get to and usually I can’t hear it over the music.
It’s sad how easy it is to want to look down and skim or read over emails and other items that can wait! Seriously my life and others lives around me are much more valuable than me knowing what the latest email says! Make sure you discuss Decide to Drive with your loved ones to encourage safer driving habits.
What do you do to avoid distracted driving?
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