Son: “Mom, what’s safer, driving while drunk or driving and talking on the cell phone?”
Me: “Safer? I guess driving and talking on the cell phone.”
Son: “How about when you’re dialing the number while driving?”
Wait for it….
Ding ding ding bells and whistles
Yeah, my son totally called me on the texting while driving thing and I didn’t even realize I was doing it. Furthermore, I didn’t notice that I wasn’t really paying attention to where we were going while I was driving while dialing. Scary stuff.
Fortunately, my son caught my attention before something bad happened and he did it in such a way that it not only made me snicker a little but it left a lasting impact.
We as parents model the behavior that we want our children to reflect. I want my children to be safe. Always.
So I have taken the pledge to keep my mind on the wheel while I’m driving and, hopefully, you will do the same. The pledge is sponsored by TheMotherhood.com with goal of reducing distracted driving and keeping the roads safe for our families and communities.
There are plenty of ways you can minimize distractions while driving:
*Pull over to the side of the road if you have to make a call
*Use hands free devices
*Set up the voice dialing feature on your phone
*Don’t drive with pets in your lap
*Put on make up in the parking lot
*Read the newspaper at your desk
*Get dressed at home
*Either smoke the cigarette, drink your coffee, eat your donut or drive, don’t do them all at once (kid you not, drive down the streets of Kingston during morning rush hour and you’re bound to see all of these at some point)
*Keep your eyes on the road!