We’d like to blame it on the kids. That is so much easier. But the truth is that adults are guilty, too. In fact, one report says that adults are worse than teens when it comes to distracted driving. Distracted driving of any kind is a threat to safety. Distracted driving includes anything that might take a driver’s attention from the road – fighting kids in the back seat or a buzzing phone next to you. Unfortunately, the phone is the culprit in too many accidents related to distracted driving. This is because a phone, especially a text message, requires more attention: visual, manual and cognitive. And here’s a statistic from distraction.gov that should make you nervous the next time you get behind the wheel: “At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010.” Here are some tips to help you avoid being part of the problem: 1) Just turn it off! 2) Can’t bring yourself to turn it off? Put it on silent. 3) Get an app that will automatically return a text to let the sender know you are driving. 4) Pay attention to the statistics! 5) Finally, just don’t do it! No message is worth a life.