For this week’s blog entry I decided to touch upon texting and driving and the negative outcomes that could come along with it. I choose this to write about because I myself have had a bad outcome from texting and driving. This experience happened around last summer one morning on my way to school. I had left my house around 7:48am and had to be in class by 8:00am, so I was running kind of late. I rushed out of the house and peeled out of the driveway. On this early morning me and my girl had gotten into a nasty fight and were fighting through text messaging. I was getting angry and frustrated and wasn’t paying attention to what I was doing on the road, but naturally I was driving at a fast speed in order to make it to my scheduled class on time.
After I had pulled out on to state route 79 here in Heath, the conversation on the phone had reached a boiling point and I had no focus on my surroundings in the car. So as I was sitting at a red light waiting for it to turn green, I was also waiting on another bitchy text message. The light turned green eventually and I peeled out yet again. After I had taken off, I then got the text message I’d been waiting for and without hesitation preceded to respond. Not paying attention to the road, I glanced up from my phone and cars were pulling right out in front of me. I had liked a split second to turn and try and dodge the turning vehicles. I panicked and swerved the wheel to the left and barley got past a Honda CR-V before it nicked my rear end. After calming down after the shock that just happened, I realized that it had been my fault for the near collision. I had run the red light because I hadn’t been paying attention to the road or the traffic lights. It’s so easy to get caught up in your phone and have no clue about the things going on around you. I could have easily been killed had I not looked up at that exact moment. Texting and driving can be really dangerous. You may not think so until you yourself have a personal experience.