I’m sorry, but you’ve been lied to. Studies show that the human brain is incapable of multitasking. Your brain cannot perform two thinking tasks (such as talking and driving) at once. This is an important truth to understand, because it could save your life, and even the lives of your family members.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Distracted driving, specifically cell phone use while driving, is responsible for 25% of all vehicle accidents. Car accidents are the #1 cause of accidental death in the United States- that should alarm you! That statistic doesn’t just count the distracted driver- it also includes victims, passengers, children in the back seat, and pedestrians. Distracted driving is a huge risk to both you and your family, and it’s time to do something about it!
The National Security Council is asking the nation to take a stand against distracted driving. You can join me in this by taking the pledge to put down your phone while driving and to take back your drive! By taking the pledge we will promise to NOT:
- Have a phone conversation – handheld, hands-free, or via Bluetooth
- Text or send Snapchats
- Use voice-to-text features in the vehicle’s dashboard system
- Update Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vimeo, Vine or other social media
- Check or send emails
- Take selfies or film videos
- Input destinations into GPS (while the vehicle is in motion)
- Call or message someone else when I know they are driving
This pledge it totally doable and can quite literally save lives!
In case you need a little motivation, I have compiled a list of the benefits of a distraction-free drive! Here you go!
- You’ll have more time to focus on the task at hand. Women, especially, are always trying to manage and do more than one thing at a time. Give your brain and your body a rest- focus on driving and driving alone!
- You’ll have time to calm your mind and focus your thoughts, which reduces stress!
- You’ll prevent burn-out at work. Working and thinking about your job even when you’re not at work is going to wear you down! Allow yourself a break while you drive.
- It’s an active step in putting your life and safety first, as well as the lives and safety of your passengers and fellow drivers.
- You’re setting a good example for younger drivers and for your children who will drive someday!
What qualifies as a driving distraction? This list could be endless, so here are some of the most prevalent distractions:
- Cell phone conversations. This could be talking on the phone or texting- handheld or hands-free! Both are equally dangerous and distracting!
- Using Siri. Siri is awesome, but give the girl a break while you drive! This includes asking for directions, Internet searches, and setting reminders.
- Driving impaired. Driving drowsy is just as dangerous as driving under the influence of prescription drugs or alcohol. Call an Uber, call a friend, or just stay home.
- Loud and/or rowdy passengers. All children should be taught that the car is not the place for screaming, yelling, or throwing objects. This is a great opportunity to teach children about appropriate behavior and voice levels for various locations and situations.
I’m not just going to tell you how terrible distracted driving is without giving you some strategies to use to help avoid it!
- Turn off your phone, or at least put it on silent
- Leave your phone in your purse or bag
- Put your phone in the back seat and out of reach
- Ask your passenger to hold your phone
- Ask your passenger to hold you accountable to driving without looking at or using your phone
Here’s a hilarious video to inspire you as a passenger to help the person driving to not pick up their phone- I laughed so hard the first time I saw this, but it’s a great idea!!
So, will you join me in taking the pledge to drive cell phone-free for one week! Anyone can do this for one week! And I’ll bet that you’ll see such a difference that you’ll change your driving habits, I dare you!I just took the pledge to #TakeBackMyDrive to end distracted driving! @NSCsafety Click To Tweet
Once you’ve taken the pledge, tell your friends! Encourage them to put their safety and their families’ safety first by driving without distractions! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #TakeBackYourDrive!
If you’d like more information on the #TakeBackYourDrive campaign or on the facts about distracted driving check out my Pinterest board!