When the kids came around, I became a lot more aware of the dangers that the “real world” presents on a daily basis. I worry about them. I want to protect them. I think we all do. I try to keep my worry in check but one of the areas that I just continually worry about is driving related accidents. There are so many stories these days of kids getting badly injured or worse because they were distracted at the wheel or hit by a distracted driver. Just check out these stats. These are exactly the kind of stats that scare me.
I’m very fortunate to not have to worry about them behind the wheel yet, that day will come but I do worry about the drivers around us and I am MUCH more aware of my surroundings now than I ever was when it was just me. The danger is real and we have all experienced it at some point. Whether it was the bad choice to pick up the phone while driving or you’ve seen someone texting and driving, it’s an issue.
You can take vows and commit to not driving distracted all day but when it comes down to it, just like with fitness, it takes discipline to follow through. 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.
You can head over to Decide to Drive and get involved in the discussion…you can submit your best Catch Phrase (contest runs May 30 – June 13, 20140 or Rate and Report dangerous motorists you have witnessed driving distracted. You can also be part of the conversation on twitter on May 28th 12 PM PT/3 PM ET using #DecideToDrive.
My kids are the reason I have chosen not to drive distracted. What is yours?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.