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Last Updated on February 5, 2018 by Diane Hoffmaster
Not too long ago I was driving with a friend of mine, taking the kids somewhere for the day. As they chatted happily in the backseat my friend pulled out her phone and was checking to see what sort of messages she had missed. It isn't the first time this has happened with assorted friends and family. We lead busy lives and multitasking while driving may seem like a great idea. Until you end up wrecking your car. But...say you are one of the lucky ones who never EVER has a wreck while you are driving while on your phone. Great! But, what about those little eyes and ears that are watching you from the backseat? Have you set a good example for them?
Set a Good Example and #DecideToDrive
As a mom, I try to set a good example for my kids. I use good manners, say please and thank you and try to teach them to do the right thing. They are teens now and as scary as it sounds, they are going to be driving very soon! They will take a drivers education class and get plenty of 'on the road' training from their instructor but the people that leave a lasting impression on our kids is their parents! If our children see us driving while texting or talking on our cell phones every time we get in the car then THAT is the behavior they will be modeling!
My son has the attention span of a gnat...he is literally that kid who could be walking along having a conversation with you and turn and go "LOOK! SQUIRREL!". I worry about his lack of attention when it comes to his ability to focus on his driving. In 2 years he will be behind the wheel and there are enough distractions in nature that will catch his attention...I don't need him to be distracted by a cell phone while he is driving!
DECIDE TO DRIVE CAMPAIGN
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), of the nearly 33,000 roadway fatalities in 2012, there were 3,328 fatalities and approximately 421,000 injuries in distracted driving-related crashes. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Auto Alliance want to increase awareness about the risks of distracted driving. The Decide to Drive program aims to empower drivers and passengers to speak up about distracted driving, continue the conversation at home, work and play, and reduce distracted behaviors behind the wheel. If you set a good example for your kids and put down the cell phone, you may be ensuring that THEY don't become distracted drivers when they get behind the wheel!
Remember, the most advanced safety feature of any vehicle is the driver. The AAOS and the Auto Alliance urges all drivers to keep their most sophisticated safety features engaged at all times: eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.
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Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.