I’m a bid advocate against distracted driving. So why in the world would I do an episode of Go Ahead Caller while driving my car? Well, it’s actually to illustrate the ONLY way you can safely operate a device and a car at the same time and to prove the point that distracted driving is dangerous.
This episode was created with great care and thoughtfulness. My mother, Sara George, has overseen a communications campaign to “Drive Down” distracted driving and traffic fatalities in Eastern Kentucky. I loathe people who are playing on their phones while they drive. You’ll notice that not once in this episode do I touch or really even look at the phone while the car is in operation … and that’s the point.
Sure, there will be plenty who say that having the live stream going while I’m driving in and of itself is distracted driving. But if I never touch the device and am only talking to you, what’s the difference in me talking to a human being in the passenger seat? I’m not justifying having a functioning device operational while I’m driving, I’m simply saying that this was done one time to underline the point that there’s only one way to do it: Start the device, put the device down, operate the vehicle with 100 percent attention and focus, stop the vehicle safely, then tend to the device. And that is not what most people do.
Don’t play with your phones while driving people. It may kill you or someone else. And I like you too much to want that to happen.
Enjoy the discussion otherwise on being alone with our thoughts, the superficiality of social media, the masks we wear in different contexts and distracted driving.
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