Toys While Driving Are as Dangerous as TextingMonica Bielanko
Sometimes I eat and drive. Sorry, but it’s true, I am guilty of this.
I also talk on the phone and drive. It’s rare and the phone calls are always short. I mean, it’s a miracle if I even get reception on most roads ’round these country parts but yes, there is the occasional phone call.
I don’t text and drive at all but, I’ll tell you what, there is one thing I always do while driving, one thing that I think is even more dangerous than texting so I’m not sure why I’m so proud of not texting while driving. I guess it’s just that there is such a stigma (appropriately) surrounding texting while driving but not so much of one surrounding the dangerous driving I’m about to tell you about.
I blame my children. I do!
I do the ol’ reach around and try to retrieve from the floor whatever toy it is that one of my kids is bawling about. Easy enough for Meredith Carroll to say, and I know she’s right: “Turning around while the car is in motion to try and find what’s been lost could be a matter of real life and death, not the imaginary one that your toddler imagines for the few minutes they’re without their lovey. They can wait, even if their screams seems to suggest otherwise.”
But still. The crying! Can’t. Take. The Crying!
When it gets to be too much and we’re nowhere near home, I handle the wheel with my left hand, keep my eyes on the road and feel all over the place with my right hand, desperately searching for whatever it is my child needs. It’s the one bad habit I have and the one that just might be the most dangerous.
I’m so proud of myself for not texting and driving and yet reaching for toys or binkies and bottles can have equally deadly results. I need to remember these and heed my own warning.
What about you? What’s your worst driving-with-children habit?
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