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March 30, 2017

April is Distracted Driving Prevention Month

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You’re all guilty. Yup, including me. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve scolded myself for doing something while driving that has taken my attention away from the road. I’ve eaten while driving, texted, applied lipstick, dug through my purse, etc. I’ve also seen other adults do similar things- eat, text, change the music, mess with the GPS, reach down to get something, etc. And let me tell you something, this is NOT restricted by age. I’ve seen young people, middle-aged people and I’ve even seen elderly folks do distracting activities while driving.

So why do we do it? For me, personally, it’s because I know I can. Yes, that is arrogant and not the proper attitude at all. I participate in distracted driving activities because I am so confident nothing will happen to me if I change the music real quick or reach over to take a bite of something that I scoff at the fact that I could be seriously injured, or could seriously injure another driver(s). When I text and drive, it’s because I reduce it to “no big deal, I’m just sending a quick reply”. But I’m 100% wrong to think that, and so are you.

This distracted driving attitude is dangerous, and we all need to actively try to change it.

The truth of the matter is that we need to hush the arrogant voice that tries to justify our bad driving behavior. “I’m a good driver, I’ve been driving for years” or other BS excuses are not preventative, and don’t exempt you from causing damage or harm in the split second it takes to ignite an automobile accident. To further drill that into your head (and mine, as I’m writing this) here are some statistics:

Since April is “Distracted Driving Awareness Month”, it’s a great time to kill our crappy decision making when it comes to distracted driving. Here are some tips to help:

The preventative measures here are literally endless but bottom line- don’t do distracting activities while driving. We’re not these immortal, immune Gods. It CAN happen to us, and it will if we continue this behavior.

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