Where do you put your iPhone when you’re driving?

19 May

Where do you put your iPhone when you’re driving?

Mine is now on the back seat, in my zipped up handbag, out of reach.

I realised I had a problem when I started checking my Twitter and Facebook accounts at red lights. I work on weekends so with the kids safely at home I didn’t see the harm in having a quick glance. With the phone being on the passenger seat tantalisingly close I got into the habit of checking and even posting messages while waiting for the lights to turn green. Except sometimes when they turned green I was mid-post. I’d finish my message as I moved. DANGER.

In another life I am a traffic reporter so I see the effects of distracted driving on a daily basis. So what if my kids aren’t in the car when I am irresponsible enough to use my phone in the car. What about the kids in all the other cars around me? What about the children crossing the road as I zoom through distracted.

My weakness for my iPhone has left me with no choice but to put it out of reach. I remember a few years back when I lived in inner-Sydney that there was a spate of thefts from cars. We were told to put our handbags behind us in front of the back seat out of sight and out of reach. This is now what I do with my iPhone.

Sydney traffic is frustrating. There’s a lot of it and even when there are no accidents, breakdowns or roadworks, it sometimes crawls at a snails pace, leaving the mind to wander…has anyone ‘liked’ my latest Facebook photo yet, how many Twitter followers do I have now, did I get an email about the most recent article I submitted?

Distracted driving is just as bad as impatient driving. These kinds of behaviours cause accidents! And if you don’t hurt yourself chances are you’ll hurt someone else.

Leave your phone out of reach.

La Dolce Vita and safe driving – Jo Abi

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