We’ve not been touched by a distracted driver…yet. I know it’s coming. It was my biggest fear when my son was learning to drive. I took the pledge in the last week to leave my phone where I can not get to it when I am driving. It’s not that important. It can wait. Don’t let K be the last thing you text and maybe take someone else’s family with you. I didn’t call or text this week when I was out and about. I didn’t miss anything either. Do not let fear of missing out cause an accident! It’s not worth it. Won’t you take the pledge with me next month. Let’s do it not for a week but for a month and put our phones away while driving. NSC (National Safety Council) research has proven when you read a text while driving there’s a 27 second hangover where you’re thinking about the text and not focusing on driving. A 27 SECOND HANGOVER….Let that sink in. Here’s 5 tips for not texting and driving!
1. Hide your phone. I don’t mean just in your purse but put your purse and your phone in the trunk or in the very back seat where you can’t reach it.
2. Have your co-pilot check your texts but if they’re not important tell them to not mention them to you.
3. Make it a point to have everything ready in the car before you pull out of the driveway. So if you need GPS make sure you have it set up. If you don’t need your phone for GPS then hide it.
4. Put your phone on silent so you don’t know you’re getting messages. If you’re just driving 20 minutes away they can wait.
5. Turn off notifications so you don’t hear them constantly going off. We don’t need to know that someone followed you on twitter while you’re driving down the road. It’s not important so leave it silent and unread!
Reseach is showing that voice activated technology is just as distracting. It’s not a safer alternative. Take the pledge with me and don’t do it for a week do it for a month. You can sign the pledge to not use technology here.