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Talking and Texting While Driving

Make Your Family's Car a No Phone Zone

Hold on one second, the kids are fighting in the backseat. Modern technology keeps us connected...even in the car. Our attachment to cell phones and PDAs means that we are never out of touch and aren't always 100 percent focused while driving! Busy moms who rarely have a minute to call back a friend or shoot an email often use the time they spend in the car to cross some items off of their to-do lists. Using hands-free devices that are required by law in seven states, make many mamas believe they are acting in a safe, and legal, manner.

What most drivers don't realize is that it is not just the act of holding a phone that makes talking while driving dangerous, but the cognitive distraction that is experienced while holding the conversation. An estimated 28 percent of all accidents involve a driver who was talking or texting while on the road. According to FocusDriven, a new organization hoping to convince drivers to put their cell phones away while driving, when people are engaged in a mobile conversation, their brains are not wholly focused on the road, and unlike a conversation with a passenger in the car, there are no additional eyes watching traffic.

Oprah Winfrey recently challenged her viewers to create No Phone Zones in their cars. Would you be willing to make the commitment and safeguard your precious cargo?

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bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 6 years
I'm a very distracted driver. I wish I could drive without my kids! I almost never use my phone when driving. I don't pull over, but just avoid the phone if I can. I drive a manual, so I need both my hands to drive. I haven't invested in a bluetooth because I don't need it. I have to drive with the radio because that helps me with focus or else my mind wanders and then I hear the rumble bars.
iknowitall iknowitall 6 years
I used to be guilty of using my phone everytime I was in the car. However, my crime was not talking on it or texting, it was even worse- using the internet! Yes, I would read entire posts by my favorite Sugar girls everytime I drove somewhere. I knew it was a problem, but I just get so bored running mundane errands that I used driving time for web surfing time. Fortunately (for myself and everyone else on the roads with me) my daughter was born January 2ND. Since then, not only have I put an end to my dangerous habit, I do not even allow my phone to be within reach of me. It remains in my diaper bag in the back seat any time I am driving somewhere. I would never intentionally put my daughter's life in jeopardy, which is why I chose to immediately banish any phone use for me within a moving vehicle the moment she was born.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 6 years
I agree with Anon. We are always distracted by our kids. Trying to pick up a pacifier, calming down fits, etc. There was even one time I had to pull over because my 2 year old nephew threw one of my sons heavy model airplanes at me! While I was holding my bleeding scalp my son started screaming at his cousin for throwing the airplane. How is having a civilized conversation with the bank on a bluetooth more distracting than kids in a car?
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