Last August I wrote about a post about how The American College of Emergency Physicians' warned of the dangers of texting and, [insert your activity here]. Since then, there has been increased attention on the number of accidents caused by distracted drivers attempting to text and drive at the same time.
I will admit that I have caught myself trying to send a text message, finish an e-mail or post a "clever" tweet, when I should be driving. And I will also admit that I know it is very, very stupid, and I'm determined to change my ways.
Which is why I signed the "Keep Your Mind on the Wheel" pledge which says:
We pledge to set firm house rules on texting and phoning while driving.
We pledge to help spread the word on the dangers of distracted driving.
It's been about a week since I signed the pledge, and I have to admit, it's harder than I thought it would be. Every time I hear my iPhone "bing" I feel my fingers twitch. My eyes wander towards it when I hit a stop light. But I try to resist.
I've also started to make changes to help me resist temptation:
- making sure I have my hands-free headset (and it's charged and turned on)
- putting my phone into silent mode so it won't "bing"
- keeping my phone stashed in my pocketbook, keeping it out of reach
Now that I'm getting my texting under control, it's time to turn my attention towards my other distractions – yelling at my kids and eating (sometimes at the same time – now there's an image for you).
Are you a "distracted driver?" What changes are you making to keep your eyes on the road?