You can not multi-task when one of those tasks is driving a car.
AAA tells us that distracted driving causes 8,000 accidents a day in the US. You read that right. Eight THOUSAND a DAY. “Distracted” includes all distractions: eating, drinking, adjusting music, talking on your cell phone, reading and sending emails (email? really? while driving? good grief) and of course, texting.Public service announcements and other sources are doing a pretty good job of getting the word out that texting and driving don’t mix.
I found many images I could have used here. Bumper stickers, posters, billboards, all with warning messages. However, other horrible images came up as well. Cars bent in half, overturned, broken in two. Googling “texting and driving” does not bring forth happy pictures.It’s dangerous, destructive and deadly.
But, even though most people agree that texting while driving is dangerous, many people report doing it anyway.
Which brings me to the subject of this post….. teenagers. Parents warn them, they hear about the dangers in school and through all the public service announcements.
But does that stop these teens from making the wrong choices?
Probably some of them. But not all of them.So …. let’s imagine you are the parent of a teenager, and your cell-phone-toting teen is about to drive. You have “the” conversations, you share the warnings, and away they go.
Is that good enough?
What if you had an app that would report BACK to you about your teen’s driving/texting behavior? Would you use it?
You will soon have the opportunity to make this decision.
A new app (already available for Android) will soon appear in the app store for iPhone. Called Vehawk, it will track phone usage and text messages and send this information back to the account owner (Mom and Dad). It will also record how fast the car was going and where it was when the messaging or calling occurred.
You can read about it here.
Would you use it? Is it spying? Or is it vigilant parenting?
My kids are grown, so I don’t have to tackle this issue. But I can’t help but wonder how popular (or not) this will be ……..