Message Monday - Beth, I hear you texting - but I can't reply right now

9-25 message mondayFOMO – fear of missing out. It’s human nature that we all want to be connected to one another. With the pervasiveness of cell phones, the desire to connect and fear of missing out cause many of us to engage in risky behavior behind the wheel.

There’s a flip side to that behavior. We’re so used to instant connections, that we rarely consider what the person on the receiving end of our message might be doing. Insecurities can creep in – maybe if your girlfriend doesn’t respond immediately, you might begin to wonder if she’s just not that into you.

And then there are the worriers. Parents, have you set an expectation that your child should answer your phone calls or texts within a set period of time? Does that expectation drive them to talk or text while driving?

Make sure you aren’t putting unreasonable or unintended pressure on those that you are calling and texting. Remember the most important task while behind the wheel is focusing on the task of driving. 

Could you be missing the best night ever?

The fatality count of 236 is an increase of four since last Monday. In all of 2016, 404 people were killed on Iowa highways. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at

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