Distracted Driving

May 03, 2019 4 min read 1 Comment

 

Some of you may be wondering what distracted driving has to do with the rest of our messaging. What are we doing talking about something that has nothing to do with the rest of our platform, and why are we sending out free phone back rings and car mounts on first orders? Regarding the messaging on distracted driving, how does a cheap trinket possibly assist with the greater epidemic?

Our goal is doing what we can to extend health-span and longevity. We are under no false pretenses regarding the methods we propose, they are not miracles and will not dramatically extend lifespan. In fact, the statistical differences between the healthiest countries and their average longevity and the often-decried USA with poor diet and low exercise are quite minimal, at only a few years separation.

We are doing our due diligence to come up with the best strategies currently available to us to give us the best chance at our goal, and we believe high dose hydrogen water, specifically the open cup hydrogen tablets, is the most comprehensive aid in this goal.

We won’t sit and tell you if you follow our routine, take our products and hang to our every word that you will live forever; or even to “180” as one famous “biohacker” has suggested is “reasonable”. Without significant advances in technology and leaps in our understanding of our physiology “180” is not even remotely reasonable. I suspect the claimant of this statement knows this and knows that if the technology sufficiently advances to get him to 180, there is no reason it will stop at 180. His “reasonable” number equates to nothing more than a carefully determined number to maximize emotional response and acceptance of his claim.

One issue that must be considered in the quest for longevity is random accidents. No matter how much we learn about our bodies, how much technologies advance, or how careful our daily routine is, the risk of tragic accidents will continue to loom.  The CDC estimates that 9 people are killed a day in the USA by distracted driving, and thousands of others are injured in accidents involving a distracted driver. Deaths are tragic, and as humanity is able to further mitigate disease, and the deleterious effects of aging, accidental deaths will become more and more psychologically tragic. We will become increasingly sensitized to tragic death.

Even small accidents can lead to a lower quality of life or do irreparable damage to the quest for longevity and health-span. I know from personal experience, a minor traffic accident in which I was rear ended resulted in a labral tear I have been waiting on surgery to attempt to amend for several years. My shoulder had previous damage, leading to greater damage from a minor accident, but the accident was the straw that broke the camels back, so to speak.

I also know, as does everyone on my team, that distracted driving is almost unavoidable. “Distracted”, as in not being fully focused on the road. Day-dreaming, adjusting the music, having a conversation or being tired. All can constitute “distracted driving” and come with varying degrees of danger. Texting and driving is particularly concerning. While many of you reading this may have complete control over looking at their phones while driving, I admit I have not always been flawless in this discipline.

I know that there are a couple factors that contribute to a higher possibility that I am distracted by my phone when driving. First, the GPS I use is on my phone. A large percentage of the time I drive, I need to run my GPS to identify which route is least congested, or how to get to a meeting. If the GPS is sitting on the passenger seat, out of sight, I cannot properly use it. Additionally, if I hear messages go off, I can not see who they are from, so it becomes distracting in wanting to know.

I experimented with a phone back ring and clip myself and was amazed at how disciplined I could be. By clipping my phone just out of reach, but within sight on my dash, I could effortlessly follow the GPS. Additionally, I can see who is messaging me, and decide if I want to pull over to respond, voice command to call through my car, or ignore. Let me get one point across; those options were all available to me before, and I would utilize them, but the lack of “knowing” who was messaging me created curiosity and would sometimes compel me to look at my phone “quickly” when I thought it was “safe” to see.

It’s easy to rationalize why our quick glances are not a big deal, how maybe we think ourselves more competent than others, less likely to make a mistake or otherwise above the rules. I know I’ve rationalized that I have no at fault accidents on my driving record despite surpassing 50k mi/80k km of driving time, both city and highway, for most years of my adult life. If anyone can quickly glance and decide next action, surely it is me. Upon proper and careful introspection, this reasoning is awfully flawed and dangerous.

Everything the Drink HRW team is doing is about mitigating risks and striving for small victories in the fight against aging and deteriorating health. We put in massive effort to accomplish small outcomes, because it is pursuing our ultimate goal: continuing to exist, and helping others do the same. By ignoring a great threat, and even contributing to the issue, we are potentially risking undoing our own work in a tragic and sudden way.

Giving out complementary phone back rings and mounts, in the context of our mission, is not random but perfectly congruous.  Every first order will receive one, and for those who need another, perhaps for a spouse, friend or other family member, we have added them as an “Essential”. Simply order your next hydrogen water product or Elite Biohacking item and get a phone back ring at below cost, $2.

From the team, your go to “hydrogen water guys”, thank you for reading, thank you for following and stay safe.


1 Response

Garry Manning
Garry Manning

May 07, 2019

Alex,
Although your comments above are meant in the most noble of ways, there is an even greater flaw in your message than you addressed. As a Safety & Training Officer for nineteen years for a company with more than 450 employees I began researching this problem in the late nineties. Beyond reaching for a snack, changing the radio station or conversing with other occupants of the vehicle, the single most troubling distraction is hand held devices. A large European study found that regardless of whether it was hand held or hands free talking on the phone, texting, searching, etc. reduced a driver’s awareness and driving reaction time equivalent to being legally impaired. When our provincial government first began raising public awareness to this issue I was thrilled. However when legislation was introduced they appear to have bowed to outcries from the business community amongst others and lowered the bar from banning all usage to hand held devices and also allowed the continued use of hand held 2-way radios. With research showing the same rate of ‘electronic’ impairment regardless of type of device this continues to be the real issue.
Regards,
Garry.
PS – another interesting topic is visual/cognitive “misalignment” I will call it that a driver experiences from low light, rain or fog and a driver’s perception of how far they can see re. safe travelling speed and the actual safe distance under these conditions. A real eye opener that I was amazed to confirm for myself once I was aware of the effect and impact on my own and other drivers around me.
Call or text me if your interested. Cheers.

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