As a society, we have become reliant on technology both at work and at home. Many of us keep our cell phones on-hand around the clock, believing an instantaneous response is not only wanted, but expected from friends, family and colleagues. Although we all feel inclined to meet these social expectations, it’s crucial that we adjust our behavior when driving and put down or turn off our cell phones until we reach our destination.
NASA policy prohibits use of hand-held devices while driving on NASA property or operating a NASA vehicle. In an attempt to honor this policy and be safer drivers in general, we often turn to hands-free devices; however, research shows that hands-free doesn’t mean risk-free.
I urge you to not use your cell phone while driving, even with hands-free technology. That phone call or text message can wait — your life is more important.