Can you put the cell phone down while you are driving for a whole week? I know that sounds like a crazy idea but putting the cell phone down when driving for a week will change the habits you have of using it while you are driving and will have you focus on what is on the road versus what is on your cell phone.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and while we all know that texting and driving or checking facebook while driving is dangerous we might also forget that even using a handsfree device is also dangerous. It takes our focus away from driving to answer a phone call. Of course we all don’t just answer the phone but hitting the hands free button, but we also check the phone to see who it is that is calling for if we want to talk to them and that takes our eyes off the road and even just a few seconds can have a different outcome.
As a mom I have my kids all in car seats still at the ages of 10, 8 and 5 and a main part of it is because I can not control what others are doing on the road. The older two are of age and size that they can be in a booster (and soon will be because they are just about to big for being in the 5 point) but the simple fact that someone else on the road could be playing on their phone while driving on the twisty roads that we live on and for even a second not be paying attention and then hit us worries me. I have many times had to swerve and go off the road to avoid someone who was on the other side of the road who you could see was looking down at their cell phone and then ended up in my lane. Had I not been paying attention and able to move my car they would have hit me head on.
When you are in the car with your kids, instead of being on the phone take the time to pay attention while driving and talk to your kids. Not only will this take away the cell phone distraction, but I have found that in the car on the way home from activities or a trip to the store is when the kids and I have some of the best conversations.
There are also Positive side effects of not using a phone while driving
- ✓ More likely to arrive safely at your destination
- ✓ Feeling more relaxed; some of our best ideas and
solutions come when we are at ease
- ✓ Not letting your phone control you
- ✓ Being able to have a conversation with your passengers
- ✓ Avoiding crashes and their associated costs – doctor visits, auto repairs, court fees
I think back to when I was a kid, no one had a cell phone, there was no constant contact with the whole world and everyone we knew and everyone was fine. I talked to my friends on the phone when I was at home and I survived, we made plans before hand and if someone was late we just waited for them to get there. Granted having cell phones now makes life easier, it makes it so if there is an emergency we can get a hold of someone but sometimes going back to how things used to be done, like not having the option to talk on the phone while driving, makes things better.
Did you know that when you are on a cell phone when driving, you can miss seeing up to half of what’s around you, such as traffic lights, stop signs and pedestrians? Imagine if everyone was missing half of what was going on around them, there would be a lot of problems.
- Head on over here and take the pledge
- Everyone who takes the pledge in April will be entered into weekly drawings for:
- NSC First Aid, CPR & AED Online course
- Alive at 25 Parent Program Online course
- A backpack full of safety items for kids
- A stuffed animal donated by KidsAndCars.org
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by The National Safety Council, all opinions are 100% my own.