How To Express Your Concerns to a Distracted Driver
Picture this: You are sitting in the passenger seat of your friend’s car driving 55 mph on a highway and the alert sound goes off on your friend’s cell phone. You see your friend reach for the phone…at that instant, what do you do? Would you take the phone away before he/she can reach it or are you more apt to let him/her read the message and text while driving?
It’s a tough decision for some of us. If you say something, that is great. If you don’t know how to confront the driver about how texting and driving makes you feel unsafe in the car, then here are some tips (adapted from kidshealth.org) of how to approach the driver:
- If you know the person texts while driving, talk with them before getting into the car. Simply say, “I noticed you text and drive and it makes me nervous. Please don’t text behind the wheel. It not only puts you as a driver at risk, but also your passengers, other vehicles on the road, and pedestrians.” This should have a powerful effect because they will start to think of possible consequences.
- Offer to text for the person while they drive.
- Tell the driver to put the phone on silent, turn it off, or put it into the back seat so that the he/she cannot reach it.
- If you do not feel comfortable being the passenger, offer to be the driver. If you and a few others are going to be passengers of a driver that texts, you can all express your opinions of how you do not feel as safe when the driver is texting.
It’s may seem hard to confront someone who texts and drives, but depending on the driver’s attitude and the place you can confront him/her about how you feel, you may be surprised at the reaction.
Did you know April is distracted driving awareness month? The fact there is a month dedicated to the issue shows the impact it has on people and speaks to the need to make a change so that fewer lives are endangered and people remain safe on the roads. Whether or not there is a law against texting while driving in your state, we strongly advise you not to text and drive.
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