Put Your Phone Down and Pay Attention - Granite Grok

Put Your Phone Down and Pay Attention


Would you like to learn a little-known secret? For several years before I gave a damn about politics, I practiced writing column length articles. Hey, I like to write. The topic at the time was driving. Traffic stats. Driver safety. And my kids were going to be drivers someday, so it sort of made sense.

I dug into the stats, details, research.

When I began to focus on political opinion, transportation was still a topic of interest. I’ve written extensively about legislative gymnastics from inspection requirement to hands-free laws and how the latter doesn’t work.

You’ll also find a few articles on commuter rail. A waste of time and money in the Granite State and not just because of the traffic issues that will create or because Americans LOVE their cars. 

We love technology too. And when we mix them, we sometimes run into trouble. But it’s not new trouble; it’s just a lateral shift of behaviors. People so inclined will replace old distractions with new ones. And while there’s been no statistical increase in deaths caused by distracted driving, it’s a habit you can learn (or teach through example), and that could result in more accidents and deaths.

We don’t want that.

Neither does Auto Shop Accessories.com. Last month they published some statistics, causes, and potential cures for what ails us: ourselves. It’s called An intense focus on distracted driving. Read it.

It makes an excellent resource for new drivers and people helping those new drivers learn the ropes. More experienced drivers – those of us who are better than all the other idiots on the road, could benefit as well. Even just as a refresher. It’s not a long read; there’s charts, statistics, and some pro-tips, with hints about new technology that might help us with our distraction issues and the current technology.

Or, maybe you check it out so you can say “hey, I see other people doing that all day long. Morons.” Like a bird-spotting guide for bad driving behavior. And a reminder. That your number one priority behind the wheel is to take the privilege of driving seriously. Your attention is needed to save you for yourself or from them.

No one wants that quick trip to wherever they needed to be five minutes ago to end in injury or death. And we don’t want that.

This isn’t one of those deals where you want to learn from your mistakes. You might not get a second chance. So, learn to be safe.