“Should’ve Paid Attention” is about instances in which people were engaged in distracted driving and how if they had been more spatially aware or at least paying attention, things would not have ended up so horribly.
This is about how distracted driving can kill and how we need to stay responsible for our actions as a collective group.
I see people speeding all the time. Whether it’s a few miles above the speed limit because someone is running late or much more than that to pass another car, speeding can be potentially fatal and it is a major factor in many car crashes.
Multiple car crashes and accidents have occurred in my grade, and the students always had friends as passengers. Teens are stereotypically known to desperately want to “fit in” and impress others, and to an extent, this idea is accurate. Teenagers are afraid to prioritize safety because they fear negative reactions from their passengers, who are likely teens as well. They often want to appear fearless and nonchalant in front of their peers. Additionally, from personal experience, teens sometimes have very small attention spans and struggle to remember little details, especially when faced with a new and complicated task such as driving. As a result, developing simple technology that assists them in making the correct choices ameliorates the social pressure and responsibility of driving a car. Parents can also receive messages and reports about their teens driving to ensure their child is still making correct choices. Apps such as PASS would provide a stepping stone for new drivers to become responsible, safe drivers.
My inspiration to write this is for all of my friends and family members who make the choice to use their phones while they drive. I’ve seen firsthand the damages that can be caused by phones being used while driving. This year a kid at our school wrapped his car’s engine around a light pole in the student parking lot. He was one of the lucky cases where he wasn’t hurt from this accident. That is hardly ever the case in accidents so severe. In other instances I have seen friends of mine go through trauma because they were in phone related accidents. Whether it was their fault or someone else’s, it shook them to the bone. Phone usage while driving is a huge problem in our country not just in teenagers but also in adults. I am writing in hope that the more attention that is brought to this dangerous activity will lead to more action being taken to decrease the phone usage while driving and significantly increase the awareness on this subject. Everyday I see people driving with one hand on the wheel and one hand hold their phone. People think that they can just quick look at their phones and within that split second they can change their life and others as well. This is something that needs to be addressed by all walks of life to help bring change. By bringing awareness to this issue, I hope that as a society we could help change lives and save them by addressing this dangerous habit of using your phone in the car.
In two short stories, I showcase the significance of having patience behind the wheel. Note: Neither story has actually occurred in real life.
I want to address the constant distractions that we have in the world which otherwise translate into temptations. How do we address this is the ultimate question?
This is a potential list of emphases for the American education system to employ in the battle to lower the number of teenage drivers who die in automobile accidents every year.
Why reckless and distracted driving has led me, an 18-year-old, to not want to get a driver’s license.
This story shows the dangers of distracted driving. It follows the driver and the consequences she has to face. Although she was only grabbing a bag of chips, it goes to show that anything can be a distraction. The solution to these problems is to understand that texting, eating, adjusting music, anything- can be just as fatal.
I write about how distracted driving is a problem, the things that cause distracted driving, and what a possible solution would be.
A concise essay to help drivers develop strategies to avoid being distracted while driving.