The advances made in our current age of technology are undeniably game changers. Communication, no matter how near or far, is literally at our fingertips. We can get immediate answers to questions, dictate texts and emails and tell our phones to call someone on demand, all while keeping our social networks updated in the time it takes to walk into the next room. These advances are conveniences our predecessors would have thought of as science fiction; but these—like all new realities—come with their own set of challenges.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. A designation created in large part to our technological strides in communication. As far as we’ve come in bringing the future of communication to our front doors, we’ve also taken a big step backwards when the actions we take on our devices while behind the wheel are proven to increase crash risk.