My Kids Made Me a Safer DriverMolly Thornberg
Do you remember the time when drinking and driving was okay? No, neither do I – but for some reason in my younger years, when texting became a big thing (you know, me sporting my pink Razr) I totally was down with texting and driving.
What was I THINKING? Obviously not much. I remember having conversations via text with my sister who would commute an hour each day, in a JEEP. How does one text and drive a stick shift IN TRAFFIC? I have no idea – but can now say, we were complete IDIOTS!
Several years ago, reality hit me on the head in regards to the dangers of texting and driving. My husband was driving my 2 older kids – then toddlers, to daycare. As they were slowing down for school traffic, they were rear ended and the force caused my husband to hit the car in front of him. The cause of the accident? Texting and driving! A teenager wasn’t paying attention. She had some urgent OMG, LOL, BRB going on before she went POW hitting my family. Everyone suffered whiplash, my husband was effected the most.
Testing and driving is dangerous. Seeing my babies in a hospital bed after an accident has me double checking seat belts and making sure all car seats are snapped and no more texting and driving.
Toting around 4 kids is a chore. But that chore is my responsibility and one that I don’t take lightly!
My kids have made me a safer driver. What about you?
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