What is it about people not following the law? Here I am driving and talking on the phone at the same time (because I actually dictate my blogs and then go back and edit them later).

So as I’m driving, the woman driving next to me keeps alternating between driving 20 mph and 40 mph and 20 mph and 40 mph. The reason? She is texting while she drives.

Texting and driving is such a safe thing to do. Really a brilliant idea.

All sarcasm aside, texting while driving is one of the most dangerous things to do. In the State of California, you get a $300.00 ticket if you get caught texting while driving. People still do it nonstop anyway.

Is it really that important to carry on a conversation with somebody, that you are willing to not be paying attention to the road when you’re driving? As I look in my rearview mirror, I see that woman who is texting in the car next to me is now about 400 yards behind me because she still hasn’t noticed that a traffic light turned green.

Not only is she not paying attention, but there is a whole clump of cars trying to get around her since she is still stopped at the green light. All of this she is causing because she feels compelled to text while she is driving.

What she is doing, to me, is really rude. Driving is about getting from one place to another, and is not about holding up all the people behind you trying to do.

I don’t care if you have a hot date or are carrying on some hot sexting conversation or talking to a friend of yours. Texting is not really a conversation anyway. Get an earpiece and talk to them live on a call if you absolutely have to talk to someone while you’re driving.

I’m all about manners. I really am. I am also all about being very aware of other people around me.

You will never see me holding up a checkout line in a supermarket because I didn’t bother to start writing out a check until after all the groceries had been scanned. You’ll never see me not having already swiped by credit card by the time all the groceries are scanned, so that I can get out of there quickly. Life is about being very aware of other people that are around you, yet so many people act like the world is theirs.

Even putting aside the manners aspect of texting and driving, there is a major safety issue with texting and driving. You can’t possibly be totally aware of what the car in front of you is doing when you’re looking down and typing on your phone.

What if a dog crosses the street in front of your car? What if the car in front of you stops abruptly? You will not be able to stop.

People who text and drive always think this will never happen to them. They always think that it only happens to other people.

Wake up everyone! It’s dangerous out there on the road. So pay full attention and stop being so self-absorbed. We live in such a self-absorbed society.

I coach people all the time to be very self-aware, because I truly believe that if you are not that you are going to miss all kinds of opportunities to meet people. The people who text and drive, and the people who don’t start writing their check until after all the groceries are scanned, are all not being self-aware.

I bet those are the people who have trouble meeting people. There are great people to meet every day, but it takes being self-aware and realizing that you are not the only person on the planet to be able to meet them.

By the way, I wrote this blog while I was driving — but I didn’t type it into my phone. I have a Bluetooth. No, not one of those Spock ear looking things that make you look like you hail from another planet, but an actual phone I sync up with my car so I can sit and talk while I’m driving.

Of course, people driving by me look at me like I’m a crazy person since it looks like I’m talking out loud to no one. At least the people who are looking at me are aware of other people around them though.

To learn how to text and get a woman to do ANYTHING via texting, please visit my Guy’s Guide To Texting.