Today, I went to answer a phone call using the built-in Bluetooth in my car and proceeded to scrap both passenger side tires quite significantly.
I am posting this as a confession that I was a distracted driver in the hopes that I refrain from such behavior in the future. Interestingly, I did not pick up the phone, look at the screen, or take my eyes off the road.
Nevertheless, I still scraped the car and will need two new wheels, with a cost of around $600.00 plus labor. This a small cost for being an idiot. Dave Ramsey calls it "stupid tax." I consider it an important reminder because even "hands-free" calling can be a distraction.
I can certainly see why texting and driving would cause even more risk. It has been reported that a person is 23 times more likely to be in an accident if they are texting. I was merely distracted and startled by the phone (for whatever reason) and still managed to momentarily lose control of the vehicle.
I am not looking for absolution from my confession. I just hope everyone has a safe day tomorrow and considers how they can improve their driving habits. I hope I have learned my lesson.