Recent studies show that the majority of parents in the country are driving poorly, even with their infant children in their cars. They are so distracted by cell phones that they’re creating even more risk than if they were drinking and driving. According to a study conducted at the University of Utah by David Strayer, Ph.D., “when you text or email, your odds of having a crash shoot up eightfold, making it twice as risky as drunk driving.”
In her article “6 Dangerous Mistakes Moms Make,” Shaun Dreisbach of “American Baby” writes, “Our survey revealed that 78 percent of us talk on the phone while driving with our baby, and that 26 percent text or check email.” These findings show that new parents have an unhealthy perception about distracted driving. While there are certainly other sources of distraction for moms behind the wheel (e.g., the never-ending clamors for attention of a newborn), Dreisbach’s article points out that the regular use of cell phones while driving is a main culprit.
Unfortunately, these behaviors extend the risk to the next generation. Teens who have witnessed distracted driving virtually their entire lives are more likely to repeat such dangerous acts when they end up behind the wheel.
The stakes are just too high. Reducing and eliminating cell phone use while driving needs to become a family effort, and Dreisbach offers a solution to moms struggling to break the habit. “Turn off the ringer,” she writes, “ so the ‘ding!’ of notifications won’t entice you to check it.”
Why not take it a step further? Use TrueMotion Family to help you reduce your risky cell phone use. The only way to protect a family is to involve the whole family, and with the use of TrueMotion Family, everyone’s driving performance is more accessible than ever before.
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