Shiftndrive

Leave that f**king phone alone!

It is the first thing you reach for when you wake up and the last thing you touch before going to sleep. During the day it helps you keep busy and stay in contact with the world, while providing you with all (un)necessary information you could imagine.

Everybody, including me, owns one and it makes our lives easier and to some extent better. I am of course talking about smartphones. A study conducted in 2015 by Nottingham Trent University discovered we check our phones 85 times a day and spend five hours a day using it. That’s one third of the day if we don’t count the time when we are asleep!

Calls, texts and snapchats while driving

I have covered just a bit under half a million kilometers since I passed my driver’s license in 2008 and in the last two years I have noticed a scary increase in the number of drivers who seem to be more interested in their phones instead of paying attention to the road in front of them.

Distracted drivers didn’t see me while I was in vans, cars, let alone on foot. The number of near misses has risen to the point of absurdity.

Don’t think many people do this? Go take a look for yourself. I suggest you go on the highway at night, so it’s easier to spot faces illuminated by their phones. Just count how many drivers will be using them. I did it a few weeks ago on a 20 km stretch of highway in the middle of the night. I passed 40 something cars and 13 drivers we’re glued to the screens making calls, using Facebook, texting, snapchating. That’s 33% of all drivers I passed that night!

Let that sink in, 33 percent of the cars I saw on that part of the highway were practically on autopilot. Just instead of sophisticated computers with uncountable number of sensors at their disposal, they were driven by your regular Joe who wasn’t even aware that he is driving a 1,5 ton missile.

When things go bad they usually go really, really bad

Remember the 18-year-old girl from Atlanta who nearly killed herself and four others while making a Snapchat speed filter selfie? She also left another driver with brain injuries when she struck his car at over 160 kmh.

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Just to show you how stupid people are starting to become, here is another photo she posted after being rescued from her car.

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You are on a gurney, covered in blood after just causing a life changing accident because of something as stupid as sending snaps. How about you leave the phone alone for a bit?

You probably wouldn’t drive blackout drunk

Probably not. A study conducted by Car and Driver magazine in 2009 compared reaction times and stopping distances of subjects while under normal circumstances, reading an email, replying to a text message and while legally drunk.

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The results of the test:

  • Unimpaired: .54 seconds to brake
  • Legally drunk: add 1,2 meters
  • Reading e-mail: add 10,9 meters
  • Sending a text: add 21,3 meters

So if you think that drunk driving is bad, why would you think texting is acceptable?

Stop endangering everybody around you

Remember, you are not Superman nor Batman, the world doesn’t need you so badly and everybody will survive even (especially) if you don’t send that snap and text.

Also, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I’m above this issue. I make mistakes and get tempted to check my phone just like you. Though I have been actively watching and stoping myself from picking it up since I realized just how big of an issue it has become.

So how about you join me in making another new years resolution – I won’t use my phone while driving the fucking car!

 

Anze Hribar

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