Texting while driving is now illegal in most states, but people continue to type away on their phones as they drive. Public safety officials across the country and around the world are trying to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.
Even if you make the smart decision to not text while drive, what do you do if you are in the vehicle with another driver who is risking your life and his by texting? Many people are reluctant to say anything, but remember that your life is more important than possibly getting a negative reaction.
Fortunately, we have some ideas for how you can bring up the subject. The first and probably best suggestion is directly tell the person what you’re feeling. Just say that you get nervous when someone is texting while driving. Most people will stop texting. Surveys show that the high majority of those who text while driving recognize that it’s not safe. If the driver refuses to stop, just remain calm and get out of the vehicle when you have the chance.
If you don’t want to be so direct, you can drop hints. Offer to send the message for the driver, or point out how many police officers you have seen on the roads and suggest not texting. Point out other bad drivers you see on the roadway and note that they must be texting.
If you have a friend who habitually texts while driving, try the strength-in-numbers approach. Get a group of friends who agree that texting is dangerous and confront the dangerous driver. You can even take away the person’s keys like police say to do with a drunken driver. Texting is just as dangerous as drinking and driving.
You can also refuse to ride in the car with that person in the future. Be sure to tell the driver why you’re not riding with them anymore, or they might think you’re mad at them for another reason. If the driver knows how serious you are, she might rethink her actions.