"Baby you can drive my car..." The Beatles

     In the current age of iPhones and the Samsung Galaxies, one might make the argument that millennials rely on technology. This certainly may be true. “There’s an app for that,” is a perfectly accurate statement, thanks to Apple. Now, we can call cabs from our cell phones and use a GPS to get us from Point A to Point B at the click of a button. We can take pictures of our checks to deposit them and never have to walk into a bank. We can order take-out right to our door without having to speak to anyone or make a phone call. We can pay somebody without ever handing them money or writing them a check, track the distance and calories burned on while running or biking, and even scan something from our phones without ever touching a scanner.

     Google just announced that it plans to eliminate human driving in five years with a completely autonomous vehicle. They are attempting to be prepared for every situation that could happen while driving, down to the .001 percent chance of them happening. Unfortunately humans will never be fully prepared for things that happen on the road regardless of their rate of occurrence. People jump out in front of cars, slam on their breaks, forget to use their turn signals, and run through red lights on a daily basis.

     We live in a world of convenience and where almost anything can be done or accessed through the click of a button. This has made worrying about the “little things” a pastime; however while driving the littlest things are always important. It’s hard to break free of the technology we are so used to holding in our hands, but the potential for an accident to occur is much more important.

     Put down those phones and put your hands on the wheel. Recent testing by Audi shows that it takes an average of 3 to 7 seconds and as long as 10 to enter back into a state of attention and control. Ten seconds is a long time especially on the road. Always be alert and always be aware because cars do not drive themselves. Well, at least not yet.