Maybe you saw it too?
It was a powerful, yet simple message about ‘keeping your eyes on the road, not on your phone’.
Although I’m very aware of the dangers of being a distracted driver … like many people, I don’t believe anything bad will happen to me or others, so I don’t have a problem with my smart phone being my driving companion.
I was speaking at a leadership conference recently and I asked the audience if any of them were addicted to their smart phones while driving. Of course no one raised their hand. Sheepish grins filled the room.
Then I asked, ‘When driving, how many of you secretly hope you get a red light soon so you can check your email?’ … the reaction was such that almost everyone in the room was guilty (including me). We’re all addicted and it needs to stop.
From the website ItCanWait.com we learn:
- Nearly 4 in 10 people are active with social media while driving.
- Nearly half of all commuters admit to texting while driving.
- 75% of teens say texting while driving is common among their friends.
All of this potentially leads to trouble … and I see it every day while I drive.
Put your phone away.
- 82% of drivers who have taken action to stop texting while driving feels good about themselves.
- 78% of teens say they’re not likely to text and drive if their friends tell them it’s wrong or stupid.
My leadership tip for you this week is to learn more about the dangers of distracted drivers. Then take the ‘it can wait pledge’ and encourage others in your organization to do the same … I did. It can wait.
By taking the lead and showing others it’s wrong or stupid, maybe you will save a life.
Enjoy your leadership journey !