Friday, June 06, 2014

AAOS and Auto Alliance: Distracted Driving

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Auto Alliance want to increase awareness about the risks of distracted driving.

But what is "distracted driving", you ask?

Well, think about your life.  A day in your life.  And all the things we as mothers must do to GET STUFF DONE.

The "distractions" are everywhere.  Laundry, dishes, bickering children (bless their hearts), school projects, groceries, etc.

But when we're behind the wheel of a car, our focus needs to be on 2 things only:

Eyes on the road.
Hands on the wheel.

(Easier said than done, right?  I hear ya.)

The Decide to Drive program aims to empower drivers and passengers to speak up about distracted driving, continue the conversation at home, work and play, and reduce distracted behaviors behind the wheel.

And let's be clear here:   Distracted driving is no accident. Crashes are caused by intoxicated, speeding, distracted, or careless drivers and, therefore, are not accidents.

It is a choice.

And I, uh, know this firsthand.

The scene:  Driving to work.  Eyes on the road.  Hands on the wheel.  I had just gone through the Mass Pike toll exit and was on the overpass in a line of traffic.  I reached over with my right hand to my purse that was sitting on the passenger seat so I could grab a mint.  Except I couldn't find the mints.  So I looked down for just one second and ended up rear-ending the person in front of me.  All for a frigging mint.
Well, kids, let me tell you, I learned my lesson that day.  My purse now stays closed.  My cell phone remains IN my CLOSED PURSE while I'm driving.

Want to help and want your idea featured?  Enter the Decide to Drive Catchphrase Contest! The contest will run May 28 – June 13, 2014, and the top prize is a $1,000 Visa Gift Card (and the potential of having your idea featured prominently in a nationwide Decide to Drive campaign!).  Two runners-up will receive $500 Visa Gift Cards.  This promotion is open to everyone 18+ in the US.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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