The Risk and Reality of Distracted Driving

Simon O

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Ya know what? Something that I never truly understood was the need for someone to be talking with someone else while they’re controlling a vehicle; whether it be a lifted Chevrolet Duramax, or a dinky Toyota Prius. I never understood how your, or someone else’s life could be less valuable then sending that text, or answering that phone call. Personally, I have been driving for roughly three months now and I do not use my cell phone while I’m driving. Sure, I occasionally get the, “Why didn’t you answer my call?” or “Dude, I texted you twenty minutes ago, what the heck man?” and I just calmly reply with the casual “I don’t use my phone when I drive.” I’ve even chewed out my friends that do it. It was too easy to lose track of the instantaneous surroundings you come face-to-face with when handling a vehicle. Whether it be a deer jaywalking or a little kid who steps out from behind a vehicle. Living with the fact of you injuring someone else, or yourself simply because you were too impatient and under cautious is not something that I ever want to or see someone go through. This is also why I disagree with WiFi enhanced vehicles. Sure, it might be nice for the passengers, but nobody always has passengers. They are many times where you drive alone and a driver knowing that they have the temptations of WiFi does not make it easier to not be on their device. How do you fix such an important issue? In all honesty, I’m not 100% sure but I do think that one of this biggest issues is that people don’t truly understand the severity or reality of this topic. The driver just thinks that sending that one or two texts isn’t that big of a deal, or answering that call isn’t. But when you drive around in a 4800lb. vehicle at 45mph, that’s a lot of force and speed that will do a whole lot of damage to practically anything. Sure people might know the risks and consequences, it’s just a matter of them understanding and respecting them.