Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Things We Do While Driving

So the other day a good friend of mine told me that she ate a Lean Cuisine. Not big news, right? Except that she was driving! She thought she was doing to be late to a meeting, so she ate the microwave meal on the drive. I adore this friend and we laughed about it, happy that she didn't spill food on herself.

The next day I was driving and I thought about her story. It made me think about what I've seen people do while driving.

There's the normal stuff: talking on the phone and texting (you can usually tell those two because they are either driving really slow and/or swerving.)

Then there's the crazier stuff like having one hand on the steering wheel while you're facing the backseat. Or putting makeup on while driving. I have to look twice when I see someone applying mascara. Mascara?! That's quite a feat. But maybe wait until the stoplight if you HAVE to do it? I don't want you to poke your eye out. :)

And then there's drinking and eating. What's that fall under? Normal or crazy?

Granted, I'm guilty, too. I talk and text when I drive. I'm really trying hard not to text anymore though. Like today. I told myself, "Those texts can wait. They are not an emergency. You're only 5 minutes from your destination." And I listened. Yay self! I also fumble with the radio, reach for things, look at a person when we're having a conversation (and I'm driving). I'm trying to be polite! But these things are all bad. I'm sure a friend or two (or five) can list other bad things I've done while driving. But I never said I was perfect.

I'm going to try to be a better driver though. My goal is to pay more attention and to FOCUS. Let's do it together.

I leave you with two questions:

  • What is your worst habit when driving?
  • What's the craziest thing you've seen someone do while driving?


  1. I found myself texting and searching for a song on my ipod at the same time while driving once. I decided to not ever do that again.

  2. I used to be a text-while-driving person but now I've decided that it can wait. I've seen too many scary commercials and PSAs about people crashing while texting. I'd say now its trying to find a song on my iPod...but its basically texting too! I'm done with that. I'm just going to drive from now on.

    The craziest things I've seen someone do is put on makeup or try to take out their hair rollers. Oh and I've seen someone trying to read the paper! Thats crazy!!

  3. I have known people to cram for exams on the way to school and in doing this they are reading READING!! notes while driving. WHILE DRIVING!!! These people are crazy.
    I am guilty of the phone, radio, and looking at another person during a conversation while driving.

  4. Haha! That's right. I've seen someone with a paper, too. I have to say reading while driving has to be the worst offense.

    I forgot one. I am guilty of car dancing with my little sister sometimes. One hand on the steering wheel and the other doing the hand motions. Not good.

  5. i've put on my fair share of mascara and other makeup while driving but i know this isn't smart so i stopped. the worst thing i've seen someone do is read a book! i got as far away from him as possible and prayed for safety! xoxo thanks for stopping by southern belle simple!

  6. Reading is definitely the worst. I've read texts. I need to stop doing that!