Texting While Driving

LOL = loss of life

I think we all know the dangers of texting while driving. We have all seen what happens. It gets covered in driver’s ed and in rules with new drivers. My kids seem to grasp the danger and they do not text and drive. The problem I keep running into is adults that text and drive. I hear reports from my kids about their friend’s mom texting while driving. This danger would have never occurred to me until they started tattling on other moms.

I have timidly confronted these moms with the hope that my child was confused about what she saw. But no, the mom will admit it. I get a chuckle and a half-hearted apology with an excuse – the triple threat of someone who really doesn’t care. So, I then have to go parental on them and ask  tell them not to text while driving with my child in the car. I then give my child permission to be that kid who will speak up and say, “My mom would rather you not text and drive with me in the car.” Will they actually do this? Probably not. These things should be left up to adults.

The only other option left to me is to appeal to people in the largest forum I have. Please do not text and drive. It is proven dangerous, even among very frequent and talented texters who think they can handle it. If you don’t care about the people in your car, think about the people driving around you; newborns, newlyweds, beloved grandmothers and adorable toddlers. All this flow of information could wait ten years ago. It can wait now. You do not have to jump at the beep of your phone like a trained animal. It. Can. Wait.

Here is a video made by real people with real stories. If you think you’ve got this texting while driving thing down, watch this, all 10:44 of it. Tell all your friends if you don’t answer them, it means you love them and you are driving. It’s not hard. It is absolutely not hard to stop doing this. Thank you. I’m done now.

3 thoughts on “Texting While Driving

  1. Thre truly is no way to defend texting and driving. No way. It’s even becoming illegal in more and more states to even have a phone in your hand. Again, no way to defend it, but if I didn’t at least give these two thoughts I would regret it. The first is that people drive with other distractions too. From the kid in the carseat who drops his milk and the mom reaching around behind her to find it so he will stop crying, to changing the radio station. Much of this depends on a person’s ability to handle “multi-tasking.” Some people can, some people can’t.

    But my second point is less of a rebuttal to your blog and more of a plea. I don’t want to text while I drive, I do it for the connection. I would rather talk to someone on the phone, or better yet, in the car! I would rather hear a voice in my ear with laughter instead of empty “ha ha’s” but texting is how we do it now. It’s how we avoid connection with each other…while still “connecting.” And I don’t know about you, but I will take what I can get.

    Your blog, the video, and common sense all tell me texting while driving is a bad idea. I can agree and commit even to not doing it. But honestly, when it comes down to it, if that’s the only connection I can get from the people in my life, it’s hard to pass it up.

  2. I text mostly, but have learned that it is too tempting in the car. So, I just put my phone on silent while I am driving, that way I don’t know that I have messages until I get where I am going. That way I remove the temptation. Texting and driving is too dangerous to mess with!!! Wish more people would learn this!

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