We live in a do-it-now society
Remember when phones were connected by a cord? When you needed to call someone, you waited until you got home. Or perhaps you had those family vacations where dad drove all day and you stopped for a picnic lunch and for supper in a roadside diner.
Not anymore. We live in a do-it-now society. When you think of something, you do it. We have access to a variety of very convenient things that allow us to multitask. It's not always bad. But the temptation is to multitask when driving.
Here are four things that you shouldn't do while driving. Wait until the vehicle is stopped before you do these things
Calls: Increasingly, laws are being passed to ban handheld mobile devices while driving. This is a good idea. Our attention is diverted and so is one hand while driving. Wait until you stop the vehicle before making or taking a call
Eating: Who needs a side-of-the-road picnic anymore when you have fast food that is carefully wrapped and ready to eat? Unfortunately, we end up more focused on our burger and cola (and perhaps finding that dropped pickle) than we are on the road. Pull over and eat then get back on the road
Filming: YouTube is a great way to waste a few hours on a rainy weekend. It's like watching America's Funniest Home Videos and the worst of American Idol all wrapped up in one. Filming videos for YouTube can be fun too… except when you're driving. If you see something funny on the road, don’t film it while you're driving. Get a passenger to film or pull over or just skip the opportunity
Anger: It's so easy to get angry when driving! When other drivers cut you off or fail to signal, you want to reach across from your vehicle to theirs and smack them. But anger does funny things to us. It makes us more aggressive and risk-tolerant… and that ends up influencing our driving (for the worse). Don't let your anger get the better of you. Wait until you get to the gym to blow off some of that anger tension.
Driving should be an activity where we remain fully focused on the road
But many drivers are using their driving time as an opportunity to do other things as well. It puts us all in danger and there is no reason for it.
If you're happily and safely driving along and some other driver loses control and wrecks your vehicle, the collision repair team at your friendly local Boyd Autobody & Glass shop will be there to restore your vehicle and get you back on the road.