I see distracted drivers every day when I'm out and about, and frankly, it's scary! It makers me a more defensive driver. I am always checking my mirrors to see where cars are around me, and I can not tell you how many times I have avoided an accident, just by paying better attention that the person who almost crashed into me. It's sickening and distracted driving has only gotten worse over the years. I'm partnering with Aceable Driving to share examples of distracted driving, and the message that parents are sending to their kids. As always, opinions are my own.
We worry so much about kids being distracted while driving, but we need to ask ourselves a question. Where a re they learning it from? The fact of the matter is, many kids are learning this behavior from their parents and other adults and it just needs to stop, so that the roads are a safer place for everyone.
Texas A&M recently did a study on kids aged 14-18 and found that kids are watching their parents text and drive, and reality is, if kids are seeing their parents do it, then they think it is ok. In fact, only 25% of kids said that their parents never drive distracted. Distracted driving can have deadly consequences and we need to set a better example.
What are some examples of distracted driving?
There are numerous ways that one can become distracted while driving, and I'm sharing some of the top examples of distracted driving below.
- Using your phone - I am pretty sure this has got to be #1 on the list of distracted driving occurrences. Put the phone down and most certainly, don;t text while driving!
- Eating while driving - This c an get messy and be distracting, especially if something falls into your lap or onto the floor. Pull over and eat quick.
- Don't be a rubbernecker - I see this ALL the time too, and it is so annoying! People see an accident ahead, or someone pulled over, so they slow way down, to stop and stare so they can see what's going on. Worry about the road instead, people! You;re probably the cause of traffic jams that we get stuck in for hours!
- Do your makeup at home - Yes, people really do their makeup in the car! My mom used to (maybe still does) and it drove me absolutely crazy!
- Keep your pets secure - I get it. You love your pet and want to take them everywhere with you. Put it in a crate though, or buy one of those dividers, so it cannot get into the front seat. Animals are unpredictable and it only takes a second for an animal to get in your way and prevent you from driving safely.
Check out this study and see why it's important for us as parents to do better and set a better example for our kids.