May 19, 2014

Phone-Free Friday

I'm guilty. I have an addiction to my cell phone. I'm on it all the time and I know that it drives my husband crazy. I'm on it at home, in the car and at the office. It's my lifeline to the world, my work and my personal life. Essentially, my cell phone has become a problem.

I don't know if I'll ever be the person that can "break up" with my cell phone but I can certainly take a baby step back. I've heard the statistics about texting and driving and I'm sure that there are many more that support the fact that distracted driving can be almost as dangerous as texting and driving. Therefore I am declaring this Friday - Phone-Free Friday.

I am going to go phone-free while I'm driving: no texting, no talking, no checking emails, Instagram or Twitter. I'll be accessible before and after my commute but while I'm behind the wheel I won't be chatting or checking my handheld. I won't even be using Bluetooth or handsfree. I will be completely Phone-Free

I decided to this because when I'm chatting on my phone I can't be giving the road my undivided attention. And boy do I chat. I talk to someone on the phone almost the entire length of my commute both to and from work. That's an hour both ways! An hour that I could be paying more attention to the road. I just learned that in some states, like Texas, it's illegal to be on the phone at all in a school zone.

I'm asking you to take this pledge with me. Let's make this Friday, May 23rd Phone-Free Friday. Grab the button and link up below! #PhoneFree


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9 comments:

  1. Yes, it's totally illegal here in Texas to be on the phone in a school zone. And in Austin, it's illegal to text and drive at all. I'm with you on the Phone-Free Friday! BRING IT ON! :) Such a great cause, girl!

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    1. Thanks so much Brianna. We can make the roads safer one car at a time. I hope you're doing well!

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  2. It's illegal to be on your phone at all here in Nova Scotia where I am. I'm sometimes guilty of texting at red lights though...

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    1. I'm terrible about checking emails and text messages at red lights and when traffic isn't moving.

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  3. I used to text and drive like crazy when I had a flip phone -- because I knew exactly how many times to hit the numbers to get the letters I wanted. I never even had to glance down to check it. Once I entered the world of smartphones, though, I realized that texting on a touch screen was ridiculously dangerous. I don't even bother now. I turn on spotify, put my phone in the air vent mount (because I often use waze to map where I'm going), and if I hear that the person I'm meeting texts me and I have to get back to them, I use my car's bluetooth thingy to dial (you know, I press a button and say "Call Brittany". But even so, most of the time I'm too busy jamming out to N Sync and the texter can wait until I'm parked. Doing all this, I never touch my phone in the car anymore. At all. It's there if I need to see it, but I will not get in a wreck or a ticket for something so trivial!

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    1. I need to follow your example and rock out to NSYNC and just say "bye bye bye" to my phone while driving - ha I think I'm funny. But you're right it's not worth a ticket or worse...

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  4. I love this idea! I think I might have to implement it every time I get in the car! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I completely agree with you. I need to take baby steps so one day at a time!

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  5. They made it illegal to use handheld devices while driving in Saskatchewan a few years ago and I honestly didn't listen to it at first, I just didn't really care. And then after I had Raeca and was driving while she was in the car that was it for me, now it's just habit to not use it while driving.

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