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3 Simple Tips So You Can Take Back Your Drive

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This post is sponsored by NSG, all opinions are mine as always.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. I decided it was time to put safety first and take back my drive. Sounds authoritative doesn’t it?  I started driving cell-free on April 11th. I planned on abstaining for a week. That means no cell period, including Bluetooth. I went cold turkey.

We believe if manufacturers put “infotainment” dashboards and hands-free technology in vehicles, they must be safe. But in fact, these technologies distract our brains even long after you’ve used them. Research shows the brain remains distracted for 27 seconds after dialing, changing music or sending a text using voice commands. 27 seconds is a long time especially when you’re driving. Almost everyone has had a close call while driving, all it takes is second to look away. It amazes me that the number of intelligent people who swear they can text and drive perfectly fine. Have you seen a driver distracted by a cell phone? Is that driver you? It’s a proven fact that all of the above actions increase crash risk.

Have you seen a driver distracted by a cell phone? Is that driver you? It’s a proven fact that all of the above actions increase crash risk. I carry precious cargo in my car, my grand kids.

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After listening to a webinar on the latest facts on distracted driving I learned there is not a safe way to make a call while driving, not even hands-free. Knowing all that information made it easy to give up my cell. I actually enjoyed not feeling that I should squeeze in a quick call while I’m on the road. It felt good. I admit I did reach for it a few times but caught myself. It felt pretty good to be out of communication. I know that for some people giving up their cell is like cutting off their arm, I love my cell too. But shouldn’t safety be our top priority?  Take the NSC Pledge and drive cell free.

3 Simple Tips to Help You Drive Less Distracted

  1. Place your cell phone out of your sight when you are in the car. It makes it easier if you can’t see it. I kept mine in my purse out of reach and the sound turned off. 🙂
  2. Eat before or after you get in the car. You can make it, I promise you won’t starve.
  3. No applying lipstick, brushing your hair, or any other personal hygiene. I’ve seen this more times than I can count, one time I actually saw a woman playing a flute while she was driving. Crazy!

I’m asking you to take the NSC  pledge and go cell and tech free while you are driving. Try it for 7 days like I did, I decided to keep my cell in my purse from now on while I drive. Just like I won’t drive without my seat belt because it’s unsafe. Now that I have the information about how driving and cell phone use is unsafe I will stop using it. The safety of my family and yours are very precious, and worth a little inconvenience. So how about it, will you join me?

Go here to take the pledge. Looking for more information? Go here.

Stay safe!

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25 thoughts on “3 Simple Tips So You Can Take Back Your Drive”

  1. Terri says:

    Oh no, you are making me diversify my pledge. I always eat in the car, I’m on the road a lot for my job. I will have to plan ahead more in order to take this one. Thanks for sharing your article.

    1. Diane says:

      I know most of us don’t think of eating as a distraction. I drive a stick shift so it wouldn’t be that easy anyway. 🙂 Thanks for commenting Terri!

  2. Mrs. AOK says:

    I’m a firm believer in not being distracted while driving. It’s already scary enough to be on the road, but to be on the road with distractions and with a zillion other distracted drivers- ugh! I honestly cannot stand seeing people on the road who are reading, texting, or applying makeup while DRIVING! Hello, don’t you care about your life, and if not what about everyone else on the road.

    1. Diane says:

      I am too! How can they not be aware how dangerous it is??? Crazy!

  3. Kim says:

    Playing a flute!? That’s crazy! I’m really good about not doing anything on my cell phone, but I know I get too distracted trying to hand the kids things and tend to their needs.

    1. Diane says:

      Kids can be a big distraction in the car. When mine were young I’ve actually pulled the car over until they settled down. Thanks for commenting Kim.

  4. Lauren Gnapi says:

    I had to learn to drive without my phone while living in California for a while. It is against the law to be on your phone and drive. And I can’t believe you actually saw someone playing a flute!?!

    1. Diane says:

      Believe me I saw the woman with the flute. If i was more of a distracted driver I would have grabbed my phone and snapped a picture. 🙂 Crazy world!

  5. Vicky says:

    Good tips! I like the idea of keeping the volume off on the phone so it won’t distract you at all.

    1. Diane says:

      I figure if you can’t hear you aren’t tempted. Thanks for stopping by Vicky.

  6. Michele says:

    Thats interesting, I think that only my cell phone distracts me but that 27 second fact is kind of scary. I will have to work on this…. ekes…. no iced tea drinking in my car??

  7. Julie @ Girl on the Move says:

    While I 100% support the laws against being on your phone while driving, I think they’re not enough! I see people doing crazy stuff while driving…eating, doing make-up, the list goes on…so scary!

    1. Diane says:

      Doing make-up is another big one, makes me crazy! Thanks for stopping by Julie.

  8. jill conyers says:

    I’m guilty of eating while I drive. 27 seconds is a scary statistic. I often think of a commercial I saw one time. Nothing is THAT important then there’s a car wreck with a mom and baby.

  9. Yona Williams says:

    Here, we cannot use our cell phone while driving…by law. But, I still see people doing it, and sometimes, in front of cops. It’s so easy to get distracted while driving and talking. And, sometimes, I think eating is worse. How many people immediately look down when they drop or spill something on themselves…that’s the kind of driver I’m afraid of.

    1. Diane says:

      Very true, all those people eating and driving. There are so many cars on the road we need to pay attention for safety!

  10. Toughcookiemommy says:

    I see drivers distracted by their cell phones while driving all the time. It is so dangerous for them and the rest of us who are on the road. It’s important to raise awareness about that.

  11. Denea says:

    I am always distracted when I am driving, not because of a phone but because two kids in the back seat. I love these tips. I need to start putting my phone away but its hard!

    1. Diane says:

      I know it’s hard, it’s habit a bad one we’ve all gotten into to as a norm. Thanks for commenting Denea.

  12. Debra says:

    This is so important! I once had a lady hit me going 60 miles an hour because she had no idea that I had stopped because she was texting.

    1. Diane says:

      oh my that’s so terrible. Glad you are able to talk about it today!

  13. laura londergan says:

    I’m guilty of the lipstick one and need to do better as I can only make my daughter do the things that I am willing to do too. She never sees me text, but you are right, they are plenty of other things that are just as bad

  14. Eileen says:

    As a mom of 4 and are new drivers and all the crazy things that people can attempt to use and drive..totally against. I love your post.. I really hope a devise is made about phones and cars to prevent at last that distraction

  15. Shane says:

    Great Article!!
    I would love it if you could please come over and join us on the Homesteader Hop. It is a new blog hop that runs every Wednesday! Please come by and share up too three of your articles. It is FREE traffic to your site! 
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    1. Diane says:

      Thanks for the invite, I would love to join your party!

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