I have a confession to make. I send texts. I search for music. I send emails. I look at FB. I do it all while I am driving. I am that person….well I was anyway.
I decided that starting today I would challenge myself to not touch my phone when the car was running. It’s going to be a hard habit to break. But no matter how many times I have told myself that I have to answer a text or an email, that’s really all it is. A BAD habit.
I came to this decision because the goose will be learning to drive in a year and I want to set a good example. I don’t want her following in my footsteps on this one. I don’t want her to be distracted while she drives. I don’t want her to rear end you because she was tweeting. I don’t want her to kill you or someone you love because she was updating her status. I realize we live in an age where we want everyone to know what we are doing precisely when we are doing it. But at what cost? I don’t want to saddle her with that responsibility.
Of being a murderer. Or a maimer. It sounds dramatic, but the reality is from fender benders to fatal crashes, car accidents are up. If you are on your phone when you have and “accident” it’s really a careless choice. You didn’t care enough to pay attention to what you are doing with a lethal weapon. I may not be able to make a difference in the gun control debate. But I can take one more weapon off the roads. So can you. It’s a choice.
So for at least the next 30 days, I pledge to leave my phone in my purse when I am driving. I implore you to do the same. Or of you aren’t a purse carrier leave it where you can’t reach it. You can do it. If I can, anyone can.
Do it for your kids. Do it for all of our kids.
I double dog dare you.