Since we seem to be talking about road trips this week, it seems a fitting time to talk about distractions on the road. And I am not talking about the little minions in the back seat. Although, lets be honest, they can be a big one!
I am sad to say that it was really hard on such a long road trip to not able to text. I was meeting up with several friends along the way and it was hard to coordinate when I couldn’t respond quickly to their texts. It was so tempting to just sneak in a quick text while going 75 miles and hour surround by big rigs. Are you kidding me Jill?
Then two things happened to shake some sense in to me. We got trapped in a major rainstorm in Nashville that coincided with a bad accident. Traffic was at a standstill for quite some time because the accident was so bad. Around that time I was coordinating with my dear blogging friend Robin on meeting up for dinner and I had to let her know I would be late. We were texting back in forth (while I was stuck in traffic) and she suddenly called me. She opened the call by saying “I didn’t want to text you back because ever since your AT&T posts I have stopped texting and driving.”
I was so happy that my posts on this topic were making a difference, but disappointed in myself that I don’t always practice what I preach. What a hypocrite! I will report that I am far less tied to my phone in the car, but still check things at stoplights and use my voice to text from time to time. All distractions. And those distractions matter.
This video is long but I encourage you to find time to watch it. It is a documentary that shares the stories of four individuals who have been involved in or caused a texting and driving accident. It is very powerful. It truly only takes a second of turning your attention to a text to forever change a life.
Can you live with that? What could possibly be worth it?