The Huffington Post recently compiled some rather distressing statistics on the dangers of using a cell phone while driving….
- 25% of all motor vehicle accidents involved a cellphone
- Nine Americans are killed every day as a result of distracted driving “such as using a cellphone, texting or eating”
- People take their eyes off the road for an average of five seconds to write or read a text
What can you do to help prevent these kinds of tragedies? The answer is simple: do NOT use your cell phone while you are driving. Period. If you find it is too hard to resist, try putting your phone in your glove box. If you still find you can’t resist, then put it in the trunk.
Worried about ignoring texts and calls? Your phone likely has a feature that will automatically send pre-written messages to anyone who happens to text you while you are in transit. If not, there are a lot of apps that can do it for you. Any friend who is going to argue with that is probably not a friend worth having.