Shannon's World - Raw: Texting and Driving
by Shannon Coombs
|Texting not only effects people in the car but pedestrians as well. Many of us on this site love to cycle and run. Makes me angry that the rider of this bike was killed b/c of the person driving the car. See what the kid says in the video.|
Do you text and drive? God I hope not. And it’s not just texting and dialing numbers; it’s also tweeting, updating your Facebook status and checking your emails while driving. This is not the type of multi-tasking that pays off. A friend of mine just posted a video on his Facebook page about texting and driving (See video below). It featured three different teenagers who had either lost their own life or killed someone else while texting and driving. There are so many of us guilty for this. One of the kids in the video said texting is the equivalent of closing your eyes and driving for 5 to 6 seconds. Now that’s a reality check isn’t it?
The motocross industry spends a majority of their careers on the road and have many friends all across the country to keep in touch with. Anyone who is sixteen years or older and is a motocrosser is often headed to the practice track, to a race or to the gym. You spend your whole career trying to ride without distractions to avoid injury while on a motorcycle, so why put yourself in jeopardy while behind the wheel of a car?
The other day I was almost hit head on because a truck in oncoming traffic was stopped and the car behind him almost slammed into his rear and chose to swerve onto my side of the road. My first thought was, “They probably didn’t know the guy in front of him stopped because he was texting!” And I have to admit I’ve almost rear-ended more than one person due to texting and driving! I don’t do it anywhere near what I used to, but it shouldn’t be done at all while driving--ever!
These texts/tweets/status updates/emails we are sending are putting people’s/families lives at risk and are things that can wait! One girl died…the text that killed her said, “where you at.” Another teenager killed someone on a bike because he texted “LOL.” Texting and driving is beyond ignorant, it’s just down right idiotic—and increases your chance of having an accident by 23%.
I was hit head-on by a drunk driver my senior year of high school. He was thrown through his front window and I took out the windshield of my car with the back of my head and the dash with my knees. But me playing chicken with that ignorant human being that night didn’t need to happen. Everyone in the end was fine but I have to compare texting and driving with drunk driving because they are both senseless acts that can take lives. I never drink and drive if I have more than one glass of wine—it’s just not worth it! But why do I even occasionally text and drive?
I hope everyone takes the time to watch this and lets it sink in. I’m putting my phone on mute when I’m in my car from now on and will allow it to vibrate when a call comes through—this way I’m not tempted to look at a text until I break my habit completely. I think we all pick up our phone to read a text impulsively, and reading a text can be just as dangerous as texting. A friend and I had a recent conversation that has inspired me to start using my Bluetooth again, it’s coming out of the box today. This is just an added step to be hands-free when I’m behind the wheel.
There are a few ways we can start changing this bad habit. If you know the person on the receiving end of the text is driving at the time—do them a favor and don’t text them! Call them if it’s that important. And if you’re driving don’t text at all unless you are at a red light or your car is in park. Think before you act; ask yourself, Is this text that I’m about to send really worth losing a life over?
About the Author: Shannon is the better half of Davey Coombs, the founder of Racer X Illustrated. She lives in Morgantown, WV and is the owner of a clothing boutique (Vance's Blues), helps run the family restaurant (Madeleine's), travels the World promoting health and fitness through her NuSkin business, writes a daily Blog, and raises her two kids. Busy woman with plenty to say. Enjoy!
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