Like many other Americans yesterday, my family spent a good portion of time in the car traveling between family gatherings. Our travels were uneventful, aside from the occasional debate about what song to play. (One kid wanted Charlie Puth while another voted for Nirvana and yet another was set on Tribe Society. Thank goodness for affordable iPods.)
As the driver, I naturally kept my hands off my phone. From the high throne of my Land Cruiser, though, I could see neighboring drivers with faces buried in the soft glow of their smartphones.
Distracted driving is a major problem, and now the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hopes to take another step to do something about it.
The NHTSA has released voluntary guidelines to shut down apps on phones while a person is sitting behind the steering wheel.