Running Late? Work in the Car!

Survey says 19% of drivers browse the web while behind the wheel. It is estimated that at least 1.6 million accidents happen each year due to drivers texting and talking on their phones. It is estimated that at least 1.6 million accidents happen each year due to drivers texting and talking on their phones.

Did you know that when you drive and use your mobile phone at the same time, regardless of your age, you reduce your reaction time to that of a 70 year old?

Did you know that answering a text uses up 5 seconds of attention time ā€“ enough time to drive the length of football field?

Did you know that when you speak or text on a phone, your driving skills are roughly the equivalent of a drunk driver’s?

If you are feeling a bit uneasy reading these statistics it’s probably because you’re one of the 3 out of 4 drivers who answer their phone, program their gps, and even text while driving.

Yet, in spite of the fact that most of us acknowledge that we shouldn’t use our phones while driving, don’t like it when other drivers do it, and don’t fancy being passengers in cars where the driver is speaking or texting, we often do it anyway.

Why is that?

I propose that we examine the reasons why we continue to use our phones in the car, in spite of laws against it, and even in spite our own feelings about it. As with any “addiction” the first step to change is awareness.

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