In case you needed proof that looking at your cell phone while driving is bad…

I have some for you. I know brats are forever trying to defend it (and sometimes even non-brats too), but the bottom line (no pun intended) is that it is dangerous. Yesterday I was stopped at an intersection, waiting for traffic to pass before making a left turn. Suddenly another car plowed into me with a jolt and a loud crash. It was a young woman, and she had her even younger sister in the car as well.

We pulled over to check out the damage, and of course I made sure they were both all right first. Then I asked her if she hadn’t seen me stopped. She admitted she’d been looking for directions on her cell phone and did not notice. It was only a second, but it was enough to cause an accident. Imagine if I’d been a pedestrian or someone on a motorcycle. She might’ve been responsible for the loss of a life.

Anyway, the good news is that no one was hurt, and insurance will cover the damage. And of course I told all my friends about it, but it was the conversation with my “sometimes Top” that really sticks in my mind. I knew she would be concerned, but I’d forgotten about her naughty English sense of humor:

Alyx: I got into an accident.
TMT: What! Are you okay?
Alyx: Yes, someone hit me from behind while I was waiting to make a left turn.
TMT: You got rear-ended? *giggles starting* Which sounds like a very good idea, actually! *giggling harder*
Alyx: *trying not to laugh* That’s terrible!
TMT: Did you get whiplash? Hee-hee-hee-hee!
Alyx: *groans*
TMT: Was it your fault? Shall I give you one? *falls about laughing*
Alyx: What, a whiplash??
TMT: *clearing her throat and trying to be serious* I’m sorry, there are just too many good lines here!
Alyx: *gives up and succumbs to giggles too* Yeah, yeah. That girl was just lucky I restrained myself!

You get the idea. But I’ll restrain myself once again and not relate the comedic riff TMT went on once when we passed a Jiffy Lube! *snort* I’ll never look at an oil change in the same way again! πŸ˜€

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32 Responses to In case you needed proof that looking at your cell phone while driving is bad…

  1. Fizzy says:

    LOL
    gives new meaning to the phrase “fender bender” πŸ˜€

    That girl doesn’t know how lucky she was. Imagine if it was one of us o_O

    (but of course, very glad everyone was all right and that your car is relatively okay.)

    • Alyx says:

      Hah, that’s a good one too. πŸ˜€ And yes, if it had been one of you, you definitely would’ve been bending over a fender while I got out my cane!

  2. Mil says:

    Oh, great puns! Lucky it wasn’t SWAT car, eh? πŸ˜‰

    Once I was looking at my phone and nearly hit a kangaroo, swerved, then swerved again to avoid driving off a cliff. :S

    Glad you and the others are okay, mate. Too right, Fizzy… she’s lucky.

    • Alyx says:

      *groan* SWAT car?! You’re as bad as TMT. Hope you don’t look at your phone and drive anymore, missy! Luckily I have “cured” Fizzy of that habit!

  3. Micah says:

    I’m glad you or the others weren’t hurt Alyx. I also appreciate your post as it’s a reminder to us all to keep your focus on what you’re doing. I STILL sometimes question Tigger about her cell phone use to just make sure she doesn’t slide back into bad habits.
    Here’s hoping your car is fixed soon…

  4. naughtyney says:

    Alex I am so glad only the cars were damaged!!! That could have been much more serious!!

    …just to mention BTW…she wasn’t texting.

    • Alyx says:

      I’m very glad only the cars were damaged also, NaughtyNey. However cell phone use while driving is bad in any context! As I’m sure you know. *raised brow*

  5. Ash says:

    Jiffy Lube?! O_o Hahahahah! You’re not serious? *LOL*

    I’m glad you’re okay, Alyx. *cuddle* ❀

    I would never defend looking at my phone as I know it is really bad. Doesn't mean it never happens though… 😳 I'm not proud of myself.

    • Alyx says:

      Yup, Jiffy Lube. It’s a chain of oil change shops. (Not, as TMT would have you believe, a marital aid store for people short on time. *rolls eyes*)

      Never mind being ashamed, just don’t do it. Period.

  6. bijou56 says:

    Good to hear you’re alright!
    I’ve never driven or had a cell phone, so I’ve never really felt the urge to do it. I did get in trouble for distracting Snu while she was driving but it was something a heck of a lot more fun than some old phone! She pulled over right away, which I’ll admit had me thinking we were going to do something fun but instead I got the lecture about responsible driving. πŸ˜›

  7. Hupotasso says:

    Glad to read you’re okay, Alyx!

    I think somebody needs to invent for smart phones the equivalent of the breath-alcohol ignition interlock device– a device which would prevent a car ignition from being started unless the driver can prove he or she is not within reach of a cell phone.

    • Alyx says:

      Thanks, Hupo. You know, you have something there….it’s amazing some top hasn’t managed to get rich off of such an invention! πŸ˜‰

      • monica says:

        I’m really glad you’re alright, Alyx! I rear ended someone when I was looking at my navigation app,too. You hear all the stories about texting,but you don’t about phone maps so you think one quick glance once in awhile won’t be a problem. The guy I hit was ok. My car was a mess and I was shook up for a couple of hours. I asked my girlfriend, how is this supposed to work? And she said, I have an app for that! And she held up her hairbrush and wore me out. Yeah, that’s how it works.

        • Alyx says:

          Welcome, Monica! And thank you for your good wishes. It sounds like you were doing exactly the same thing as the girl who ran into me! It’s a good thing you have a top who knows how to handle such things! πŸ™‚ That’s a good app for sure.

  8. Peach says:

    Glad no one was hurt. Your car is not too damaged I hope?

    “Closing my eyes and imagining Alyx the Top bending the poor girl over the trunk, baring her bottom and delivering a sound spanking on the side of the road, while her little sister watches and giggles …” Ah delish! LOL

    • Alyx says:

      Hah, trust you to turn an accident into a fantasy! *snort* My car is minimally damaged, thank goodness. Her car was a mess. But luckily we both have insurance.

  9. sandy1984 says:

    Glad you’re ok Alyx, you must’ve got a hell of a fright when she slammed into you like that though…bloody phones are the scourge of the earth!!

    It’s so funny how perfectly innocently named things can sometimes reduce adults to giggling teenagers. I’ll never forget the time we were on holiday in Cornwall, going into a local shop for some wine, and there on the shelf were bottles of cider called ‘crooked cock’ and ‘crippled cock’! I can’t even remember the silly jokes now, but we fell about laughing for ages!

    • Alyx says:

      It was a shock, all right! I wasn’t expecting it at all. I always glance in my rear-view mirror when preparing to stop, and she wasn’t doing anything unusual. Then WHAM. *shaking head*

      I can just imagine you guys in Cornwall, giggling like kids. *LOL* (I loved Cornwall when I visited there….can you imagine that we actually could’ve crossed paths??)

  10. kati000 says:

    Very glad indeed that neither you nor anyone else was injured !
    TMT “jumping to the occasion” made me giggle. What a wonderful thing language is πŸ˜€ !
    And I do have a feeling that the girl will never need a top to not use her phone and drive at the same time ever again.

    • Alyx says:

      Thank you, Kati, I was very thankful too no one was injured. And I agree with you — I have a feeling that girl will remember that incident. Hopefully her younger sister will too, having learned it vicariously! πŸ™‚

  11. thanatos150 says:

    I’m glad to hear you’re okay! That must have given you quite a shock, but luckily the damage was minimal.

    The conversation between you and TMT made me laugh, I bet she had some more great puns going as usual. *g* XD

    It’s a shame I can’t show my mother this.. *laughs a little* She’s terrible when it comes to using her phone while driving. Luckily she at least finally got one of those little microphones in her car so she can talk hands free, but if she ever tries to watch a master class while driving again, I will be walking home.

    • Alyx says:

      It was a shock, Thana. But yes, as you say a good thing it wasn’t worse. I can’t believe your mother takes such chances with her life and her daughter’s life too! 😯 Yes, please get out and walk if she ever does such a thing again! (Too bad we can’t wish tops on our parents, eh? πŸ˜€ )

      • thanatos150 says:

        Yes, it is too bad sometimes. xD
        It actually wasn’t me in the car but my sister, because I probably wouldn’t have just accepted it like she did in the first place, no matter how good my mom thought she knew what she was doing and snapped my head off. I’ve tried to get my sister to promise me to get out of the car if my mom ever does that again, but I don’t think she’s got the nerve for it. *frouns a little*

  12. cutey says:

    I’m glad you and the girls were alright. I admit I’m really bad at using the phone while driving. *blush* I have never hit anyone though.

    • Alyx says:

      Thank, Cutey, I was very grateful too. πŸ™‚ However don’t wait till you hit someone! Stop using that phone immediately! *swat!* Just don’t do it.

  13. bijou56 says:

    Alyx,
    Saw this the other day and I thought it would make you smile. πŸ™‚
    http://cheezburger.com/8397659648

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