I think we are the problem

Posted on by Defensive Driving Team | in The Daily Drive

As I was driving out of my neighborhood today, I noticed a young lady out of the corner of my eye roll through a stop sign, and speed on out next to me.   She was talking on her cell phone and clearly it was an important phone call at 7:00 in the morning, as she missed coming to a complete stop.   Driving is a task and one which to be done safely, must be focused on.  There is a lot of focus on distracted driving, specifically related to texting, but the thing I cannot help but wonder is what type of driver safety training or defensive driving course or driver education class had she taken.    Then I noticed as we pulled up to the next stop sign, who was in the vehicle with her – a parent.

My youngest is four and she constantly reminds me of how impressionable our kids are.   I have to be super careful of language I use and she joins me on our Daily Drive of 1 plus hours to and from work/school.   Yesterday, someone pulled out in front of me driving at a speed of less than 20m miles per hour below the speed limit.   I said God Bless you and my little girl said, “Get out of the way jerk, call him a jerk Daddy.”  Oops.

So as we were driving to school/work today, I counted the number of people who were doing something other than driving… the numbers are astounding.   I would say no less than 80% of the people I was driving around were on the phone, reading email (lap driving), eating, primping, putting on make up, listening to music with earphones on, yelling at their kids or writing?   The one that really got my attention was the lady next to me who had cigarette in her left hand and was texting/emailing with her right… the knee was steering.   Needless to say I got away from her as quickly as I could safely!

Seriously, we are the models by which our kids shape our behavior – what type of role model are you?   Right now there is a lot of focus on texting and driving, but all forms of distracted driving are problems which translate to unnecessary accidents or fatalities.   The focus behind the wheel should be driving.    What example do you set for your kids when you are driving?  Could you use some refresher driver safety training yourself?   Our safety driving video touches on what habits you should develop and addresses all forms of distracted driving.   Further, you could save yourself some $ by taking our online driver safety program, as successful completion does lead to discounts for auto insurance (make sure you check with your agent).

One group you might want to check out, this is a very powerful website and these people are personally committed to educating the public about the dangers of distracted driving, check out www.focusdriven.org, the stories are heartbreaking and you really understand the importance we all should give to being good role models for the next generations of drivers.

Be Safe,

Kent

 

|

Customer Reviews

Defensivedriving.com has a ShopperApproved rating of 4.7 based on 81047 ratings and reviews.

Mike TX, United States
Easy to do
David TX, United States
Video options save a lot of time
Caleb
Over all it’s been very easy to deal with. So thanks
Fernando
sign up process is quick and simple!
Erica
Easy so far. I like the options
James
Easy and fast to sign up for.
hunter
easy set up
Octavio TX, United States
I enjoyed the intuitive ease of use.
Brooke
Easy to use
Laura
Simple and convenient.
Maria
user friendly
James
Easy website use
CLAIRE
Quick and to the point!
jaiden
quick and easy
Derek TX, United States
simple and fast
Aaron TX, United States
Two thumbs up!!!
Hope United States
Easy process
Jere
Great
Lindsay
easy and self explanatory
Francisco
best price
Garrett
Clear and simple explanations of the differences between the video and text course. Quick and straightforward registration and payment process.
Crystal
Very clear and easy to follow
Allyson
Quick and easy registration
James
quick
Nicholas
Awesome!
Ty
Very Easy to Register
John United States
It's a good resource
Haley TX, United States
It was simple, and easy to get my ticket from going on my record!
Bonnita United States
Great website
Baylee TX, United States
It's easy and self-explanatory
Timothy
Very Good!!
stephen
Easy to find and to work with. Site is very good.
Amanda
Easy to use
johnny
very professional
Allen
easy and fast
Michelle
Wonderful course
Baleigh TX, United States
very quick and easy to start the process and love the fact that you can complete at anytime on a desktop, or mobile device.
Rolando
really fast and smooth. love it
See all reviews on shopperApproved.com
Why DefensiveDriving.com
  • 20 Years in Business
  • Over 2 Million Customers Served
  • Highest Possible Better Business Bureau Rating
  • Award Winning Course