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DRIVING AND TEXTING

Fewer things are more dangerous than texting and driving at the same time. The sheer thought of it should send cold shivers down anybody's spine. That some people do it at all just goes to show how much of a chance we're sometimes willing to take. Quite frankly, the two are simply not compatible.

Very often you read of motorists who got into some nasty preventable collisions because they just couldn't help indulging in sending a text while driving. Doesn't it make you wonder? Which is better? To arrive your destination safely or the alternative of ending up in some in some emergency ward somewhere? Must you send that text at that material time?

Why gamble with yours and other road users' health? How much of time do you really save when you embark on typing out a text while your vehicle is still in motion? Come to think of it, what is the big idea anyway?

Driving commits you to a certain level of responsible behavior, so your decisions and choices should match that expectation. Majority of drivers will readily attest to the fact that drinking and driving do not mix and as such, are off limits of permissible behavior. But quite a few of those would not hesitate to take a phone call while speeding down the highway, why? What's responsible for the seeming 'double standard?' Is it because of law enforcement officers on the road, or maybe because picking up a phone is almost intuitive? Which is it?

In the end though, texting, tweeting or speaking on the phone while driving are serious unsafe behaviors which we should all do our best to avoid. Remember, all it takes is a few seconds for things to change irretrievably forever. Whatever the situation, we must learn to take control of our impulses instead of letting the phone do the controlling. The defensive driver is the one who knows what is best in the interest of safety at any given time.

Stay safe.

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