I was driving home when I saw a driver scoot forward on a red light and then blatantly ignore the light and turn…not just drive through the light…but turn. Since the person ahead did so, the person immediately after this car did the same. Five seconds later the light turned green.
Were those thirty seconds really that precious that it was worth your life? It’s like those texting ads that say “Was that worth your life?” Trust me, it never is. I remember back when cell phones were still very limited and people waited the 10 minute drive (or more) before calling someone/checking messages. People waited the 20 second ride up the elevator to find out the “news,” seriously, do you need to know which celebrity just announced that she was pregnant, and not only pregnant, but seven months pregnant? Now you want to know, don’t you? (Katy Perry…just in time for her movie, just sayin’). Now that I’m really getting off topic…
Seriously, when driving, when texting, when doing anything that could even be remotely dangerous for you or those around you, think “is this worth my life? is this worth another person’s life?” Do you really want to get in an accident because you had to send your best friend “lol” right at that very second? Do you want to get in an accident because you couldn’t wait those five seconds? Thank goodness it didn’t happen, but not waiting those five seconds could have meant that driver spent the rest of their life on a respirator or in a wheel chair…so I ask you to please think and make little changes to make a big difference when you drive…
- Set the radio before you put your car in gear
- Put your cell phone/purse in the trunk so you won’t be tempted
- Leave 15 minutes early so the red lights aren’t an issue…and if you get caught at a red light take it as time to talk to people who are with you and spend time with them while you aren’t driving…OR if you are by yourself, appreciate those 5-30 seconds of peace and quiet and waiting
- Take the bus to help reduce your carbon footprint, or walk to help reduce your waistline.
This are just a few little changes that can make a big difference…can you think of more?