CHICAGO—Here’s one more reason to work from a virtual office: Avoid the potentially deadly combination of texting and driving. Whether you work in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Atlanta or some other high-traffic city, there is a clear temptation to text while driving. And it has cost many lives and caused many devastating injuries.
Nearly one-in-four workers (24 percent) who drive to work reported they have been involved in an accident, according to a recent study from CareerBuilder.
While a variety of factors contribute to accidents, cell phone use can be a culprit. Three-in-ten workers (30 percent) admitted they have texted while driving to and from work.
When you work from a virtual office, you can text all you want without worrying about getting into an accident that could change your life forever. Virtual offices cut the commuting, which cuts a lot of the cost and danger associated with driving to and from work.
I’m particularly focused on this issue of texting and driving in my virtual office column today in light of an AT&T campaign. AT&T, its employees and other supporters are calling on all drivers to go to www.itcanwait.com to take the no-texting-and-driving pledge, and then share their promise with others via Twitter (#itcanwait) and Facebook.
More than 100,000 times each year, an automobile crashes and people are injured or die while a driver was texting and driving, says AT&T Chairman & CEO Randall Stephenson, citing a statistic from the National Safety Council1.
There are always dangers on the road, but texting and driving doesn’t have to be one of them. You can avoid the temptation to text a colleague on your way to the office when you work from a virtual office. But no matter when you drive, please, don’t text and drive. It can wait.