Autoweek is running the above ad in the February 22 issue of their magazine. Developed by Coyne Communications as a public service ad, I think it’s right on the money. First, every single person with or without a license thinks their driving skills are better than they actually are. Second, there are more cars on the road today than ever before. Finally, there are more distractions within our cars (uber-wattage stereos, video navigation, a dozen cupholders, etc.) than at any time in the past. I say we all take a step back and think about this for a second.
I see dozens of examples of bonehead driving each and every time I get behind the wheel, and a cell phone is usually the common denominator. Is any conversation important enough that you need to risk your life, the lives of your passengers and the lives of complete strangers? I’m going with “no” on that one.