Distracted Driving

by Joe Ferguson on January 18, 2013

Texting and driving

Cell phones have become an essential part of most people’s lives. It’s uncommon to go anywhere and not see someone talking on the phone or texting – especially in places they’re not supposed to do so.

In fact, the only obstacle that usually stands in the way of people living out their lives via their phone is poor service. When these same people can’t get service, they usually talk about the fact that they can’t get any service until they can get back on their precious phone again.

With such a ubiquitous and invasive tool as the cell phone, it should come as no surprise that people can’t even put it down for a short (or long) drive. Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of accidents and deaths on the road, and cell phones are a major contributing factor.

There’s already so much for a driver to worry about; car financing, maintenance, gas prices, even other drivers when out on the road. The consensus is that drunk or impaired driving is a major transgression to be looked down upon, but when it comes to distracted driving, it would seem that a lot of people turn a blind eye.

It’s not only texting that is dangerous while driving. Applying makeup, talking on the phone (handheld or headset), and anything that takes your attention away from the driving task at hand can be incredibly dangerous.

According to Distraction.gov, the official U.S. Government website for distracted driving, “…because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.”

So, if you’re driving and hear your text ringtone, just remember – you can respond when you reach your destination. As a driver, you have a responsibility to other motorists to not endanger their lives as well as your own.

Don’t add more stress to your vehicular life; there are enough stressors like car payments, auto loans, and organic hazards Mother Nature decides to throw your way. Being careless could result in you hitting one of these natural obstacles and end up in a life-altering accident.

If you’re too busy looking at that “What’s up?” text while driving, you might as well respond with, “Not much, just potentially causing a deadly collision. You?”

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