The Distractions of a “Soccer Mom or Dad”

Posted by Pekin Insurance on Apr 25, 2017 in Focus to the Finish, FTTF

The springtime season restarts the chaos of getting kids to their activities and increases the many distractions that can happen to parents inside a car.

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A soccer parent: the mom or dad who loads up the car with kids, gear, and snacks and heads to the family's many destinations during the day.

Even the best parents will admit that a car full of kids eager to get to their next activity can lead to some major distractions behind the wheel. Take a look at a typical morning:

6:45 a.m.
Your alarm didn’t go off, and now you have to get all three kids and yourself fed, dressed, packed, and out the door by 7:30 a.m.

7:35 a.m.
You did it! You’re all in the car and on the road. Phew! You’re exhausted.

7:45 a.m.
You’re almost to school when your oldest informs you that today is your turn to bring in snacks. Now your mind is racing for ideas on what you can quickly pick up.

8:00 a.m.
You’ve dropped your oldest two off at school. You’re almost to the grocery store when your youngest starts throwing a tantrum. She decides to scream and kick in her car seat and throw her sippy cup up to you.

8:20 a.m.
You’ve done it again! The tantrum has been controlled and you’ve successfully gotten in and out of the grocery store in 10 minutes.

8:25 a.m.
Luckily, your local grocery store has a coffee shop inside. You’re on your way back to the school sipping your hot coffee—and wishing the caffeine would kick in faster.

8:40 a.m.
Job well-done! 25 individually wrapped snack packages have successfully been delivered to the school.

9:10 a.m.
You’ve dropped off your youngest at daycare. However, your boss is calling wondering why you’re late and whether you’ll make it to the 9:30 a.m. meeting or not.

9:20 a.m.
You’ve made it to work. However, you sped to get there and spent most of the drive running over your pitch for your 9:30 a.m. meeting, deciding what to make for dinner tonight, and trying to remember if you switched the laundry over last night or not.

This is just the typical morning. The afternoons are even more packed with scheduled activities, errands, dinner, and other tasks to coordinate. Stress, exhaustion, noise, bad behavior, eating quick snacks, sipping your favorite beverage, talking on the phone, and daydreaming are all types of distracted driving. While being exhausted and overbooked is an aspect of being a parent, it also is an aspect of distracted driving. It is putting you and those in your car in danger.

Pekin Insurance cares about drivers and their passengers getting to their destination safely, which is why we use our Focus to the Finish program to educate drivers about all the various distractions in the car.

 


To learn more about other distractions and ways to stay safe on the road, visit www.focus2thefinish.com.

 

  

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