one thing you may not know about me is that i am a pretty cautious driver. i was not always that way but something happened in high school that dramatically changed the way i view driving. this week is distracted driving awareness week and i wanted to join in with Auto Alliance and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons to increase awareness about the risks of distracted driving.
i am not going to complain about bad drivers or point my finger at people who i think should be better drivers, i am just going to share my story and hopefully that inspires us all to be better, less distracted, drivers.
it was my senior year of high school and homecoming week. i was leaving school early because i had a partial. my best friend was sitting in the seat next to me and my ex-boyfriend was walking in front of my car. we were joking, he was running around, and before i knew it, i hit him with my car and ran up his leg.
i backed off, an ambulance was called, and the police questioned me. it was a crazy day and we were all blessed that no one was seriously injured (he did not even break a bone) but i learned something so powerful that day – cars are not toys and it is so important to be an aware driver.
i was distracted that day big time. i was talking to my best friend, giggling about powder puff, yelling out my window, and picking a song to listen to. ever since that day driving has been totally different for me. i am super aware of people on the side of the road or in parking lots. i check both ways tediously before making turns. and i hand my cell phone to the person next to me to look up directions. i am not perfect by any means but i experienced something so traumatic it opened my eyes.
i don’t want you to have to go through the same thing or even worse. i think we have the power to take back the road and to drive with confidence and safety!
– 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.
– according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), of the nearly 33,000 roadway fatalities in 2012, there were 3,328 fatalities and approximately 421,000 injuries in distracted driving-related crashes.
– many things have the power to distract us, good things & bad things. maybe i am trying to comfort a crying child, switch my CD, answer my phone, drink my latte, finish my breakfast, take a picture of the sunset, chat with my best friend, or just rest my eyes at a stoplight – all of those while good at other times, are not so good when i become a distracted driver and a statistic
– let’s join together and #decidetodrive when we get in the driver’s seat
– let’s commit to letting things wait or pulling over to take care of a situation
– let’s remember that the most advanced safety feature of any vehicle is the driver. the AAOS and the Auto Alliance urges all drivers to keep their most sophisticated safety features engaged at all times: eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.
– let’s enter the catch phrase contest to come up with a great slogan to empower us to make healthy driving choices.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.