This past Sunday, driving home, my son and wife were watching "Sahara" with Matthew McConaughey on the TV above my head. I have always done an excellent job at keeping my focus on the road but for some reason I glanced up during an action scene and for the next 14 seconds (I measured it when I got home) I stayed focused on the TV. Meanwhile I wondered into the passing lane on I-40 running 70 mph. I glanced in my side mirror as my heart moved up into my throat and noticed a Mexican family of 9 in an extended cab pickup truck running beside me in the grassy median at the same speed with their eyes nearly popping out of their heads. I immediately got over and so did they with no incident.
Some lessons in life are very costly. This one was free for me but a valuable lesson was learned. I have made a new rule because of this incident...no more TV while moving. As much as I had myself convinced I was never going to lose focus on the road, it happened. I'm just glad I didn't kill that Mexican family of 9, which by the way, none of them had their seat belts on crammed into a extended cab Chevy truck.
I'm not judging anyone. Until this past Sunday, you could clearly see the TV on in my coach going down the highway. For me and the safety of my family, I have decided the detraction is just not worth a situation that could have been much worse this past Sunday.
Lee & Ginger Downey
2000 Winnebago Journey 36G