Sunday, January 30, 2011

Big No No: Using Your Phone while Driving

I wrote this post right after I watched an episode of Oprah about distracted driving. It was such an eye-opener for me. When I was younger, I used to do all kinds of things inside my car while driving; eating, drinking, putting on makeup, talking on the phone, - foolishly thinking I was a good enough driver to keep myself from having an accident.

Nowadays, even though I no longer do any of those stuff above, I still ocassionally answered phone calls while driving (usually when I'm not driving on the highway) or checked my sms's / Blackberry messages. I thought it was still okay since I was going not too fast anyway. Wrong. The stories about victims of accidents that happened because of distracted driving really made me ill with fear and guilt. It shocked me to realize that it’s not that I’m such an excellent driver that I could handle talking on the phone while driving, I have just been lucky. As simple as that.

I decided to write something about it on Fashionese Daily. Since the beginning, we have been trying to raise awareness on important issues on Fashionese Daily , even those that are not directly related to fashion or beauty. We are fortunate enought to gain a steady popularity all these years, it would be a shame if we don't use the opportunity to do something good for other people or society with it. My hope is by reading about the danger of distracted driving, I could at least remind someone that accidents can happen even though it seems that we are still in control and it's irresponsible to put other people in danger just because we can't wait to reply to a message on our BlackBerry. Hopefully that someone will also tell their friends and family about this and their friends can tell their friends and so on.

Anyway, please read the post if you haven't already because it's important. Let's hope this will never ever happen to you or anyone else ever again.

PS: while researching for this article, I found out that even changing radio stations or CD is considered distracted driving. I am so glad Mazda2 has audio control on the steering wheel so I can easily change CD tracks, radio stations, adjust volume etc without once taking my eyes off the road.

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