Let me start by saying that I am not a technophobe. I can, and do, use email, chat, text messages, the internet, and now even a blog. I am not a technology expert, and I don’t let it run my life, but I am not afraid of technology, and I don’t hate it. I just want to clear that up before anybody claims that what I am about to say is simply because I can’t use these technologies. So, here it is…
How hard it is to go hands-free when you are talking on your cell phone? What’s so tough about popping in an ear bud or a Bluetooth headpiece? Is that call really so important that you have to take it right now, in your hand, and risk your life and the lives of those in vehicles and on sidewalks around you?
Last week, while driving in traffic on snowy, slippery roads at dusk, my husband nearly had an accident with a young girl making a left hand turn while driving with one hand on the steering wheel and a cell phone in the other. Because she was paying more attention to the call than to her driving, she made the turn well after her light turned red and my husband was proceeding into the intersection in front of her. Thankfully for both of them, he was alert and managed to slam on the brakes just in time to avoid her. Otherwise, who knows where they both would have ended up?
When she took that call, could she not just as easily have been wearing an ear bud as not? When she got into the car, it would have taken only a few extra seconds to prepare herself for a call by having the ear bud already in so all she had to do was press the button to accept the call. If she had taken that time, the potential accident would never have happened and nobody would have been in any danger.
After all, how hard is it?