Oprah pledges to make her car a no phone zone, will you?

7 years ago

On Friday I was listening to the Oprah show, when she started talking about making her car, and every car in America, a no phone zone. That means (depending on your level of participation), no texting, only hands-free use, or just plain not using your phone while driving. Then she had her hands free to autograph a Chrysler…

I’m certainly down with no texting, and hands free in a car, but there are definitely times when having a cell phone in the car could be important, as my parents recent adventure will prove. But the texting and driving thing, I don’t understand at all! How can you possibly think you can type and drive a car? If you think you can, besides the fact that you’re wrong, and there are too many deadly accidents to prove it, what is SO urgent, that you would put so many lives in danger? And if it is that urgent, should you even be behind the wheel of a car? Years ago when I bought a sports-car (yes, middle aged women do it too), I took a two day driving course at Skip Barber, the scariest part of it wasn’t doing 360’s on the skid pad, but in the classroom when the instructor told us that people’s driving skills peak at 5000 miles, and go downhill from there. When did you hit 5000 miles?

But I’m digressing. This was originally going to be a blog about a problem my parents had with their car on their way to see us. It ended up with them waiting 45 minutes in the cold, by the side of the Massachusetts Turnpike for someone to help them. We’ve asked them for a long time to get a cellphone, in case of emergencies, and they resisted. Not sure if this is going to change their minds, but if it does, I’m happy to buy them a phone (hint, hint). If any of this sounds familiar, how did you handle it? Or did it take an emergency to force the issue? Why does it ALWAYS take an emergency to force an issue?

And if you’d like to sign Oprah’s no phone pledge, click here.

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