"Distracted Driving is an Epidemic": What to say to a distracted driver?
Do you talk & drive? April is National Distracted Driving Month. A recent survey (*pdf here) tells us that almost all passengers in vehicles where the driver is texting or emailing felt "very unsafe". The survey also shows us that younger passengers (between ages of 18 and 25) are less likely to speak up to their drivers than older counterparts.
I have been a passenger in a cab when I have felt uncomfortable speaking up, even though I know full well "one text or call could wreck it all". I feel like I am less often a passenger in a vehicle where I feel unsafe, although my husband does have a habit of checking the phone (or iPod, more often) at the stop light.
If you were a passenger where the driver was on the phone, what have you said? What can we do to encourage more drivers to lose the distractions? For those of you with children approaching driving age, how to you advise them to drive without distraction?
For more great info: see www.distraction.gov