“Did you see that cool tree, Mommy? Mommy, did you?!”
I’m distracted by something so my reply to his excitement is canned and sterile.
“Wow, buddy! That was great!”
I’ve responded but, to be honest, I’m not quite sure how long it’s been since the tree passed or really what I was supposed to be admiring anyhow.
And it seems I hear his tiny voice squeak at me from the backseat more often than not to take in something along our journey, brilliantly existing in the world outside our car. A fact that is polar opposite to my own childhood experience as a passenger in the car with my parents. My parents, especially my Dad, who was always at the helm in the driver’s seat, were always the ones to point out the fascinating landmarks and the subtleties on our route to the grocery store. Because they were distracted, sure, but by those things that they should be paying attention to in the first place.
Since the dawn of transportation types beyond that of our own two feet, there have been a variety of potential distractions. However, presently? The things that detract us as drivers from our primary duty, y’know, the one that involves safely and responsibly operating a gigantic hunk of metal and machinery, are more nuisance than an observation of our surroundings.
We take our eyes off the road to respond to that text message, to answer that call, but in what way is that more important than being sure our traffic signals have us in forward motion or the pedestrians we share our path with are free and clear from the dangers our focused attention prevents?
It’s not more important and The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Auto Alliance want to increase awareness about the risks of distracted driving. 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.
Which is precisely why I’ll be joining them to discuss the utter importance of keeping our focus on the road when we’re behind the wheel, next Wednesday, May 28th at 12p PT during the #DecideToDrive Twitter party. I’d really love to have you all start the discussion here in the comments on the things you do to solidify your decision to drive and carry that conversation over to the party next week. You can RSVP to attend by CLICKING HERE.
And also…Do you have the best slogan or catch phrase to make the Decide to Drive campaign pop? Enter the Decide to Drive Catch Phrase Contest between May 28 – June 13. Your words could be chosen as the official Decide to Drive campaign catch phrase, and you could win one of two $500 runner-up prizes or the $1,000 grand prize! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Enter here: http://clvr.li/1nwa6CV
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.