Several days ago, I was nearly sideswiped by a massive grey truck. Imagine my frustration as I looked over to see the male driver, who appeared to be close to my age (40), fiddling with his cell phone. Fortunately for us both, I wasn’t. I am a reformed multi-tasking driver.
Why? Because I am one of those left behind. Every day I live in the aftermath of my son’s fatal distraction.
If you believe you are competent enough to talk or text while driving, please watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KF0_7qC6YFo . It is a graphic illustration of how quickly things can go very, very wrong. Every driver needs to watch this video; parents of teen drivers should watch it twice, the second time with their child.
If that alone doesn’t convince you, check out this photo of my son's car:
Let me be very clear: he was making a phone call-pressing a SINGLE button-and paid the ultimate price for his poor decision.
This is not simply a problem with teen drivers. I would argue experienced adult drivers are just as dangerous, if not more so, based on the sheer number of drivers alone. The next time you are sitting at a traffic light, take a good look around you. It is a sobering reality check.
My challenge to you: be the example and make the change. Just do it. We all need to put the phones away and focus on the task at hand: driving. It’s easy. And who knows? The life you save may very well be your own…