If only you took the time

Marjorie H


A few seconds for a crash, a few days to take it in, a few weeks, months, or even years to recover. That is if you were lucky enough to once again see your loved ones and sense the warmth of their embrace. And you were the one in four chances of car crashes usually involved with a phone. It just took putting it on silent or turning it off away from your eyes so you wouldn’t be as tempted to get it. If it was an emergency, why not use bluetooth if your car has it? That way your vision wouldn’t steer towards the BANG! and the CRASH! of bent metal tarnished on the floor. You could’ve convinced yourself it wasn’t worth the risk. The risk of the points on your license, days since the incident, the health and insurance bills, or most importantly…your life. Just as fast as you can get multiple notifications, many people can get notified quickly by you spreading the word. The word that just by advising people to not text and drive can easily change their minds to help save their lives as 78 percent of teens also said they wouldn’t do it if a friend told them not to. Life’s not a golden coin that can be flipped, expecting it to land on the betted side every time, so please don’t forget it can take just a few seconds to say something, fasten that seatbelt, or put a device away. I’m sure your loved ones and many out there would want you to stay.


Fortunately, I’ve never been in a serious car crash, except in only two small incidents. The first one was when my parents were stopping at a red light and a truck bumped the back enough to dent most of the trunk and throwing us forcefully front and the seat belt back in our spots. It gave the closest experience in how a crash could happen in an instant and easily thrash someone’s body to hurt them and how much a seat belt could help keep someone in place. The second time was when I was in the passengers seat and the car was about to park, but someone on the right was backing out and didn’t see us until I alerted for us to stop only grazing the right headlight and denting the metal at the bottom. This showed me how in a similar situation if one of either of the drivers were going faster it could’ve ended up worse and gave a strong reminder in how being aware of your surroundings through the car mirrors is important.