As realtors, I'm quite certain the majority of us can multitask even while driving and that there will be no consequences. As realtors we carry precious cargo with us while showing homes. These families and individuals look to us for our professionalism and dependability while in our care and put their faith and trust in us to be completely responsible. Using your cell phone (talking, texting, and surfing the internet) while driving does cause many accidents - some fatal.
Driving a motor vehicle requires your full attention and complete concentration. So when you need to make or receive a phone call, be aware of what's around you and pull over to the side of the road safely to do so. You will be amazed by the reaction of your passengers in showing care for their safety and comfort.
In the March issue of Texas Realtors, there was an article on statistics uncovered about recent studies researched from: Carnegie Mellon University, University of Utah, Nationwide Insurance and The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety:
* 81% of drivers in the US admit to talking on their phones while driving
4 times more likely that a driver on a cell phone than an undistracted driver will be involved in the crash
* 37% of your brain's attention is diverted from the task of driving when you listen to a phone call
* There is ZERO difference in reaction times between a driver talking on the cell phone and being legally drunk (0.08% blood alcohol content)
It's time we all reevaluate our cell phone habits for the safety of our clients and others on the road.
Don't be a part of the problem or a consequence of your actions.