oh ffs

Don’t Be That Jerk Who Dies Taking a Selfie, AAA Warns

Don't die out there, BBs.
At least her seatbelt is on. (Photo: Hashgram)

At least her seatbelt is on. (Photo: Hashgram)

The AAA is reminding drivers that they have one job when they’re behind the wheel, and it’s not taking idiotic selfies. In a press release today, the organization said that drivers should stop being distracted with obsessively taking pictures of themselves and posting them to social media because it’s stupid.

AAA reports that it’s tracking your hashtags, likeĀ #drivingselfie, #drivingfast, #drivingtowork and doesn’t like what it’s seeing. For starters, nobody needs to know how fast your speedometer reads, your hair looks FINE and we don’t need to see your lips mimic whatever crap song is playing on Z100 at the moment.

Another hashtag AAA is concerned with is #rainx, which “includes videos of people holding their phones to the windshield while driving in the rain in order to see the beading of rain produced by using the product Rainx.” That’s an interesting fetish if we’ve ever seen one.

Last year, nearly 400 people died in cell-phone related car accidents, the group says. “Don’t let that driving selfie or video be the last photo you ever take,” a spokesman says.

It released some data involving basic math to persuade you to stop taking #driverselfies:

A driver taking a video with a length of six seconds is not paying full attention to driving for a total of 528 feet while a driver taking a video with a length of 15 seconds is not paying full attention to driving for a total of 1,320 feet. A driver taking a photo for approximately two seconds takes their eyes off of the road for 176 feet.

Guess that means it’s safe to eat behind the wheel now!

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