Distracted drivers are becoming a huge distraction!
- I can’t sit at a red arrow anymore and expect the driver in front of me to go when it turns green – I have to honk.
- When I sit at an intersection and watch the people driving by, 90% of them are talking on the phone.
- I was on the freeway the other day and I noticed a car up ahead going way too slow – sure enough, the driver is talking on the phone AND consulting some type of document!
- I’m seeing people all the time these days driving completely recklessly because their minds are not on the road – they’re talking on the phone about their girlfriends, boyfriends, would-be shopping lists, and work deadlines – when what they should be doing is…DRIVING!
The really big problem though is what you may not see, and that’s what your kids’ habits are when they’re driving without you. If people in their 30’s and 40’s – typically good, experienced drivers – are driving like idiots, how are your naïve and inexperienced kids managing?
Lawmakers in many states have either passed or are currently debating passing laws which would either restrict or abolish what I call downloadable device distractions (DDD’s) while driving, and I’m all for it.
In order to help transition drivers into this new age of driving unimpeded by DDD’s, a number of technologies have already been developed. One such groundbreaking gizmo is the Protector D500 Safe Driver System, which can be further explored at their website: http://store.protector.com/protector-safe-driver-system-p13.aspx.
This system is very cool, with a number of features I find especially desirable, such as the opportunity to lock your kids’ phone out of service while it is in the car and the car is running. Other aspects like real time GPS locator and serious collision alerts seem to come standard with the system.
Until lawmakers permanently outlaw ‘driving while distracted’, we’ll all have to make due the best we can – but it’s my intention to invest in the above D500 Safe Driver System, along with anything else I can find, in the interests of keeping my kids safer on the road.