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It Only Takes a Second

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?

Comments

  1. I watched this video a few weeks ago and cried. I check texts at stoplights, and I pull in to respond, but I haven’t always done that.

    I have become so much more aware, and I’m so grateful for that, but I’m terrified for all those who don’t realize the danger.

    Thank you for being a voice and an advocate <3
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  2. I can’t watch this video. The short commercials on TV do me in every time. Partly because my husband drives for a living and partly because I’m sometimes stupid while I’m driving. THANK YOU for writing about this again and reminding me again to make better choices.
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    • The commercials get me too. I truly can hardly listen to them. I don’t text and drive simply because I don’t text. HOWEVER, I’m certainly guilty of other “distracted driving” behaviors and I absolutely appreciate these reminders!
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  3. Why is it so hard to stop checking?? It is really hard. I am doing well at it, but still, the pull is there. I wish the pull wasn’t there!! I worry about my husband because I think he thinks he’s invincible. (Don’t tell! But seriously.) It all makes me very nervous.
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  4. I have one of those hands free devices and that helps a great deal. I never text while driving. But I will check my email while at traffic lights. And like you said, that’s a distraction. Thanks for posting this. I needed the wake up call.
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  5. You talkin’ ’bout me behind my back? Who you think you are??

    (of course I’m just kidding!!)

    BUT…THIS is an important message. And if you don’t practice what you preach I’m going to drive north and paddle your behind. BECAUSE I WANT YOU TO STAY ALIVE!!

    The end.
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  6. I only just started texting this summer. I know. Behind the times. I thought I would hate it. I actually very much love it. So. Yeah. EVERY.SINGLE.TIME I hear of a tragic vehicle accident I wonder if texting was involved. So sad. :(

    My kids YELL at me if I’m anywhere near the phone while driving, so there is that… Hope they’re just as careful when THEY are driving!
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