The Road to Rightful Driving

Tina N

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Ping! The sound of a text message immediately captures our attention when we are on the road. Our hands instinctively reach for our devices, wondering who it might be, and our eyes turn away from the road onto the bright screen illuminating from the phone. The sound of vehicles crashing comes from outside and before you know it, you regret ever touching your phone in the car. The society we reside in today has resulted in our reliance on technological innovations since we depend on such technology to carry out our daily routine, such as communicating with others with cellular phones. Due to our constant need of our cellular devices that allow us to be online in any place, it easily shifts our attention away from the thing we are doing. Driving, for example, while multitasking on our mobile devices has led to 4000 teens losing their lives in crashes each year. As a result, the use of cellular devices has made distracted driving a major concern. Another factor that results in distracted driving are friends, especially with teens. The social pressure to impress our friends on the road leads one to speed when driving, ultimately increasing the risk of injury from car accidents. Nowadays, teenagers who have recently received their license feel an urge to showcase to their friends their ability to drive legally due to the media. Access to the Internet has allowed people to share pictures and ideas to others. Consequently, car racing seen in the media and film have led to people, specifically teenagers, believing they are able to do it as well, thus resulting in the high statistics of car accidents. In order for distracted driving to no longer be an issue, action must take place. A reasonable strategy for combating the issue is to capture people’s attention regarding reckless driving through stricter policies that prevent them from driving while multitasking. Spreading the word in a way that it pulls on people’s emotions will definitely help reduce the problem of distracted driving. Stricter policies will bring fear and awareness to the concern of distracted driving. Of course, there are already some policies enforced, but they are not strict enough to let someone understand how large distracted driving has become over the years. An example of such policy could be one where a person must serve multiple days of driving school. Right now, there is a policy enforced where people must attend eight hours, but the amount of reckless driving has not changed. By increasing the length of time, it may potentially scare people enough to avoid dangerous driving. Another strategy is to drive with someone who you trust by your side. If you are driving to school, for example, take your friend with you since you are going to the same place. Not only does it reduce air pollution through the use of less gas, driving with a good companion will help keep the driver focused on the road. Because they are trustworthy, you won’t feel pressured in trying to impress them. In addition, they can check your phone for you rather than you doing it yourself and risking both the lives of your friend and yourself. Lastly, they can tell you to be cautious whenever you are starting to lose focus when driving. Since you are in charge of your friend’s life as well, they will want you to drive safely, which in turn lead you to pay close attention to your driving.