“I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I was texting.” That was the response uttered by a driver in Texas after he veered into oncoming traffic and hit a church bus, killing thirteen people and injuring one more, according to the Associated Press. Distracted driving kills, and with today’s modern conveniences it’s more common than ever. In 2015, nearly 3,500 people were killed as a result of distracted driving.
It’s easy to reach for that phone when you hear the familiar ping of a text message, but that text can wait. So can that question you need to Google. No distraction is more important than risking the lives of yourself, your passengers or other travelers. Distracted driving is not limited to texting, although it is probably the most dangerous since composing a text means your eyes leave the road for an average of 5 seconds. Other distractions include interacting with your passengers, eating and drinking, changing the radio station and talking on the phone. Make a habit of putting your phone out of reach when you get into your car. You may find that unplugging during a drive is a positive, relaxing practice. So focus on the road and enjoy your drive!