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I think the OP demonstrated a lot of courage just admitting that he did such a thing, specially as he says he is a pilot and understands safety first.
Glad you're OK, lesson learned and fortunately no one else got hurt.
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I used to text all the time on my work BB while driving my GOV (Government Owned Vehicle - I work for the DOD). Until one day I accidently bumped the rear end of a Driver's Ed student stopped at a light. It was a very mild bump, not even a scratch on either car. But that was the end of my texting while driving days. Now I don't even read texts/emails while moving unless, of course, I'm a passenger.
I have texted while driving for probably 7-8 years now with no incident.
I don't recommend it, but if you feel that you HAVE to do so, Time spent looking at the phone between times looking up should be no more than a glance.
If you can't type an entire word, or at least a few letters, while looking at the road and paying attention to what you're doing, don't do it.
Obviously, my opinion isn't shared by most of you, and it's DEFINITELY a lot safer to not text while driving, but it's all about your focus. It should be on the road, not other things.
Random topic switch...
You had to pay $3 for towing? Is that directly to the towing service, or added to your AAA bill? I have AAA and have only used it for towing a handful of times, but never once had to pay a cent to the driver/towing company.
I'm a staunch no text and drive kind of person.... However, my 13 y/o was at a Christmas party with some of her classmates and was bored so she called me to come get her. She started texting her best friend while waiting for me to come pick her up. The parents at the party asked who she was texting and she said "my dad". Two minutes later I pulled into the driveway to loud jeers from the parents and now every time they see me I get a don't text and drive lecture. I remind my daughter that she owes me big for that one at every school function.
I'm not trying to start with you either
The $3 for towing was because we went one mile over the AAA allowance, paid to the driver. AAA seems to be getting tougher on the towers, my wife had to come out to where I was to show her card and ID before they would tow, hadn't had that issue in FL, but I'm up north now.