“By this light, your car is as much a crashing machine as a driving machine”

A chilling and very well-written analysis of a car crash from Men’s Health. The quote I’ve lifted here is interesting, but it doesn’t really reflect the urgency of the writing…

As technology develops and our cars gradually morph into rolling computers with built-in Internet, navigation, and entertainment consoles, experts see distraction as the big threat to road safety. As DUI was to the ’80s and road rage was to the ’90s, so “distraction” is to this decade. Yes, there is always the possibility that new technology will come along to protect us from the dangers of the old technology: night vision; collision detection systems; vibration feedback when you drift out of your lane; even audio alerts from your headrest, the electronic equivalent of someone shouting “boo!”

But there’s an opportunity here to recognize an important truth about ourselves. Advances in technology are quickly turning attention into our most valuable resource. Treating it as such, and allocating it wisely, could mean the difference between life and death. This is easier said than done, of course. Because what if you’re on your way home from work and your 12-year-old son calls? What kind of dad wouldn’t answer?