Leave the phone off.

Today was National No Phone Zone Day, a effort to bring awareness to and stop the problem of distracted driving. It is a good thing to sign the pledge, but an even better thing to make it a point not to talk on the phone and drive or text while you drive. Not even hands free. It is just not worth the risk that you take to yourself or to someone else.

Almost two years ago, I wrote about the number of emergency room visits that had skyrocketed because of people who felt the need while texting and everything else-ing.  Two weeks short of a year later, I read an article that just made me give up talking on the phone and driving completely. Like I said, it’s good to make the commitment, better to just not answer the thing if you’re behind the wheel.