Often I joking call myself the “taxi mom” because I do spend a good portion of my weekdays driving our girls around. From the time our kids head to school I’m in and out of the car and while I’m not always a perfect driver I often try to go back to the basics and avoid very dangerous driving. Most parents have a lot going on so being distracted while driving is something that happens often in our car. If we travel as a family I try to mitigate my husband being distracted while driving by keeping our children occupied. When I drive myself I always try to stay focused on the road ahead and often tell my children if they’re not dying there’s nothing I can do to help them while we are driving, once we stop I can be better focused on their needs and not on the road ahead. We are happy to partner with SheSavvy and The National Safety Council on this post.
I know I have had the temptation to make a quick call in the car, or check my email at stop lights. It’s something I have made a decision that I don’t want to do and that I will not do while I drive. Did you know that there is no safe way to use a cell phone while driving? Even if t’s hands free. Research has shown the brain remains distracted for 27 seconds after dialing, changing music or sending a text using voice commands. Almost everyone has seen a driver distracted by a cell phone, but often you don’t realize that distracted driver is also you.
- Plan Ahead – An easy way to get distracted while driving is looking for directions. Know where you are going ahead of time, use your navigation so you’ll know which route you need to take.
- Take It Easy – We all do it, we’re in a rush and we drive a little faster than we usually do. Pay attention and focused on the road ahead and that means following road signs. Always use your turn signals, this is one you that shows you are paying attention to the rules of the road and are not distracted.
- Ditch The Cell Phones – It’s hard I know, if it’s important enough to have to answer while you are driving it’s important enough that you also full over.
With April being distracted driving awareness month it’s a great reminder to go back to those basics. As parents, wives, mothers, friends, it’s so easy to get lost in the day to day and sometimes we really just overlook things. I encourage you to take the no cell phone pledge and stand with me and millions of others to reduce distracted driving and not use your cell phone in the car.