• Thu, Jan 24 2013

Hey You Jerkface Moms, Stop Sexting While Driving! I Hate Driving, I Hate Cell Phones And I Hate The Combination Together

shutterstock_54292804Moms text while driving with babies on board. And update Facebook. And Twitter. And sext people. All while they have babies or kids strapped in the back in carseats. Moms, stop it! First of all, I hate driving. I hate it. If I had my way, I would have a driver, who would drive me everywhere, so I would never have to set foot behind a steering wheel again. You know those people who love driving because it gives them a “sense of freedom” and they can go anywhere at anytime and they have no issues driving in four lane traffic and night driving and driving while it is storming out? I am not that person. I hate driving. I will do it, but I so do not like it. I white knuckle it most of the time. I have no idea why I’m so phobic about driving but I just am. Anyway, I can’t imagine answering a phone or a text while driving because I’m so nervous I can barely change the song on my car stereo. If anyone calls me or texts me while I’m driving, I wait to return calls or answer texts when I reach my destination. Yeah I know, I need to take a defensive driving course. Or hire a driver who will work for cupcakes.

My darling husband on the other hand.. well, let’s just say he doesn’t follow the no texting no phone answering rules and it drives me insane. He is an excellent driver but I’m sure many excellent drivers have gotten into accidents while messing with their iPhones. And lots of parents are doing just that, according to USA Today:

New mothers talk on the phone, text or check e-mail at an alarming rate while driving with their babies in the car, a newly released survey finds.

Although they’re otherwise protective of their young children, the survey finds, 78% of mothers with children under age 2 acknowledge talking on the phone while driving with their babies; 26% say they text or check their e-mail.

Great, now not only do I get to be nervous about being side-swiped by a semi-truck, I also have to be nervous about all of you new moms updating your Facebook page to say you are on the way to the pediatrician. We all know that texting and driving isn’t safe, so we should probably stop doing it. Especially because so many states have laws against it now. Especially when we have kids in the car with us. The world can wait for the Twitter updates about what you ordered at Starbucks.

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  • TheLily

    Oh my lord. I don’t understand how people can answer the phone – much less text. I have panic attacks behind the wheel and I cannot legally drive because I’m a safety risk. I would NEVER drive and answer a phone even if I could drive. It goes a thousandfold if you have a baby in the back!

    Just… why? Can’t that text/call/email wait ten minutes until you’re where you’re going? This is why I don’t own a cellphone. I’m too connected as it is!

  • chickadee

    I certainly hope no one is sexting……that conjured up an image that is most unwelcome.

    But I have no problem using the phone while driving under certain conditions, excepting text messages. And I have never understood the distinction in driving technique between baby on board and baby not on board….I don’t drive any differently since I am not anxious to endanger myself or any non-baby passengers.

    • SusannahJoy

      The thing is, they’ve done studies that show that people talking on the phone are far more distracted than people talking to someone in the car, regardless of blue tooth or whatever. I always try to avoid using my phone when driving, but I don’t use my phone much anyway. My issue with moms using their phones while driving is when they have a bunch of those “Babies on Board” stickers or are the kind of people who will freak out about germs on the cart at the grocery store, but then are ok with texting while driving. It’s just so hypocritical!

    • chickadee

      I totally agree. My “under certain conditions” generally includes while driving on stretches of highway that are underpopulated by other cars. I don’t make a habit of it, but neither do I refuse to answer the phone if needed.

  • K.

    I friggin’ hate the “baby on board” signs. Like regular old everyday people don’t count. Which is pretty much what you’re saying when you’re a mom who texts while driving: “Precious’ tennis lesson reschedule is of utmost importance; screw you old lady in the crosswalk!”

    • CK

      I actually used to agree that the “Baby on Board” signs were obnoxious, but was forced into being on my car by my husband, and mother. Their point was that if we were to get into an accident, my car would be checked first since it had a child in it. I still think it’s slightly obnoxious, but my motherly instincts override that.

      What I do find obnoxious, and you won’t find on my car at all are those stick people stickers with the mother, father, and children. Whenever I see those, there are like 4-6 children. It sort of tells me what type of person uses those. ;)

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