I get it. Really I do. The need feels so natural. The access it brings – nothing seems to match it. Maybe you’ve tried to take a break, disconnect. Realized that the relationship might not be healthy. Or perhaps like many, your confident of your control over the situation and don’t need any  guidance. You got this, right?

Cell phone in one hand. Wheel in the other. We’ve all done it. Whether we’ve been sitting at the light, or cruising on I-270 we’ve taken a chance and looked down to read or respond to a text or just check to see if there was any new activity in our notification bar. Here’s the thing about that. Each time we do this, we become risky drivers. We put others at risk, not just ourselves. It’s not just about being distracted and being the cause of an accident, we lose the ability to quickly react to other risky drivers. That 5 seconds spent reading a new meme could be 5 seconds needed to swerve and save your life. Peep this – 5 seconds of our eyes off the road when going 55 mph is the equivalent of driving the length of a football field, eyes closed! I can’t imagine walking the length of a football field eyes closed without injury let alone driving that way.

The amount of accidents that have occurred due to distracted driving is more than concerning. The good folks at State Auto sent me some staggering stats that indicate parents haven’t set the best example for young ones when it comes to putting that phone done and both hands on the wheel. While 95% of those over the age of 45 know that texting and driving is no bueno, 55% of parents admit to taking a quick glance at their cellphone when their kids were in the car. Along with that is the dreaded moment you reach for your phone and it does a backwards summersault flip out your hand and down the side of the seat. If that doesn’t make you pause for the cause, the percentage of people observed “visibly manipulating” their phones while driving increased a staggering 650% over the last 8 years. Yikes.

What can we do about it? We can start by putting our phones down, and keeping them down, while we drive. We can use bluetooth headsets and keep both our hands on the wheel. Doing so makes the roads safer protecting both you and me, setting the right example for little ones watching. State Auto is just as passionate as we are about keeping our communities safe, and making sure our loved ones make it home to us each day. We’ve partnered together to give away DropStops to help keep reduce driver distractions. The first person to leave a comment on this post will win a pair and there will also be a giveaway on Instagram this week!

Keep ya head up. I’ll see you around the city soon. <3