Clubhouse, Distracted Driving and Making Better Decisions

The other day I was in a large audience on Clubhouse listening to someone on a crowded stage laughing about not paying attention and running a red light while trying to moderate a Clubhouse Room. When he said this, 3-4 other people unmuted and said, while joking, that they had done similar things while driving and using the Clubhouse app (rolled through a stop sign, drifted into another lane, almost hit a pedestrian).

Listening to this reminded me about how many people are not aware of  what distracted driving is and the real and tragic dangers and consequences of distracted driving. It brought me back to the early days of live streaming on Meerkat and Periscope and the challenges we faced with educating good people who were making bad decisions when it came to the dangers of live streaming while driving.

Since April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, I thought I’d share a bit of context about the growing problem of distracted driving not only on Clubhouse, but across social media. If you haven’t already done so, please watch the above video. Even better, share it with your family and friends.


Did you know that 4,000-6,000 people are killed each year by distracted driving?

Did you know that 400,000-600,000 people are injured each year by distracted drivers? To put this number into perspective, only about 290,000 are injured by drunk drivers.

Did you know that at any given daylight second in America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while distracted driving? (Again, that’s every single second!)

Did you know that 3-5 seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road and your mind is distracted when looking at your smartphone while driving? At 55mph, that’s like driving the length of a football field blindfolded.


Good question. Here’s the answer.

Distracted driving is any activity that takes your attention away from driving. There are three main types of distractions:

Visual: taking your eyes off the road (looking at your phone);

Manual: taking your hands off the wheel (tapping the “unmute” button, messaging people and inviting raised hands to the stage);

Cognitive: taking your mind off of driving (listening to and participating in conversations on Clubhouse).

Using your smartphone while on the Clubhouse app, while driving, combines all three of these dangers. It’s careless, reckless and dangerous.

Did you know that hands-free driving (this includes bluetooth and phone mounts) doesn’t eliminate these distractions. Using a bluetooth or other hands free device DOES NOT increase your safety, or the safety of others around you.

Why? Because your mind is still on the conversation. You’re not thinking about the act of driving. In fact, even after using your bluetooth or hands free device, you continue to be distracted from the act of driving up to another 27 seconds after use.

As Professor David Strayer, states in the following article, “It’s kind of comparable to trying to balance your checkbook as you’re driving down the road. No one would do that.”

I invite you to read, “Study: Hands-free devices distract drivers for 27 seconds after use.”


Please help lead our Clubhouse communities by example. When it comes to moderating Clubhouse rooms or jumping up on stage and contributing to the conversation while driving, let’s make sure everyone is aware of how unsafe it is to use Clubhouse while driving.

What I’ll be doing is respectfully reminding anyone who’s on stage with me to please drop down to the audience until it’s safe to join the conversation. I’ll also take the opportunity to share a few of the distracted driving stats and the link to this post.

I believe that education and leading example is what will change this reckless and dangerous behavior. Over the last 9 years, I’ve watched the friends and social media influencers stop live streaming while driving and I know this can happen in our Clubhouse community too.

I’m convinced that when the right people step up on the Clubhouse platform and lead by example, awareness levels will rise and the the amount of distracted driving Clubhouse users will decrease.

We’ll be talking about this more on Monday, March 22nd at 1 PM PDT (4 PM ET). Please click here to join us in the Room.

Thanks everyone. Let’s all enjoy Clubhouse but do so in a safe and considerate way. If you think this post adds value, please share with your Clubhouse family and friends.




Related Posts and Resources

Study: Hands-Free Devices Distract Drivers for 27 Seconds After Use!

Why It’s Socially Responsible To “Call Out” Habitual Distracted Drivers

I’m Calling “Bullshit” on The Top Three Distracted Driving Excuses!

Live video interview with founder, Joel Feldman

Live video interview with CNN’s Kelly Wallace

High school students- Summer Break video

End Distracted Driving

#clubhouse #stopdd #enddd #itcanwait

10 GREAT Ways to Share Your NEW Clubhouse Profile and Club Links!

Last Friday, Clubhouse updated its app allowing you to share your unique Profile and Club links. For the first time, you can now share these links with your social media community.

Why is this important? Because you can now quickly and easily share your valuable Clubhouse brand and activities with your audience. It makes it easy for people to connect and follow you on the platform.

To help you do this, I’ve put together 10 easy and powerful ways to share your new Clubhouse links:

#1: Share links in your social media profile bios. For example, think about including an invitation to connect with you on Clubhouse in your Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook and Instagram profiles. Maybe something like:

“Let’s stay connected on Clubhouse. Click and get powerful tips in my Club, “Marketing and Social Media for Lawyers”

(Pro-Tip- I’m doing this but using Tips #4 and #5 to make the links shorter and easier to share)

#2: Share links in your social media posts. When posting about topics that relate to your activity on Clubhouse, let your audience know they can get more real-time information or engage in real-time conversation on the topic over on Clubhouse. Then, share your links.

Continue reading “10 GREAT Ways to Share Your NEW Clubhouse Profile and Club Links!”


mitch jackson clubhouse world record legal community meetup

Let’s have some fun, create new connections and make history!

Please stop by our Clubhouse Room on Thursday, March 11th, between 9 am ET and 5 pm ET, and say hello. Even better, raise your hand, jump up on stage, and introduce yourself. Meet our special guest co-moderators and connect with other professionals in the legal community from around the world. Click here to join us on Clubhouse!

Wednesday Afternoon Update: Just some of the SPECIAL GUESTS who will be joining us on stage!


We believe Clubhouse is all about building relationships and adding value through quality conversations. On Thursday, we’re going to set a world record in the legal community for doing just that!

Here’s the plan:

We’re going live on Thursday at 9 am ET in our Clubhouse Room along with a few special guests who will be helping co-moderate the room throughout the day. We’ll be asking lawyers and other members of our legal community (students, professors, support staff, teams, legal tech and third party resources) to raise their hands and join us on stage.


Fun Chatting with Katie Couric on Clubhouse

This past week on Clubhouse, I had the pleasure of chatting with Katie Couric and her husband John Molner.

Katie Couric and Mitch Jackson on Clubhouse

This is just one of many reasons why I like real-time audio platforms like Clubhouse and Twitter Spaces. They allow for us to have conversations in a world that because of COVID-19 and social distancing, makes it difficult for most of us to connect with others.

If you’re on Clubhouse or Twitter Spaces, and would like to have a conversation, reach out, I’m here for you.

Don’t want to miss my next Clubhouse Room? No worries. Get a short text or email update before I go live!

Stay safe everyone.


I believe Clubhouse and Twitter Spaces will allow all of us to build better relationships, connect in more meaningful ways, and become better leaders. As I am trying to do, please consider joining me in using these tips to communicate and connect better on the new audio only platforms.

Ryan Foland and Mitch Jackson Discuss the NEW Audio Only Platform CLUBHOUSE!

In this episode of his podcast series, Ryan Foland and Mitch Jackson talk about ‘Clubhouse’; an invitation-only audio-chat app which is currently available for iOS users only (Android version coming).

One of the key messages in this interview is how to make a more meaningful impact by intertwining multiple social media platforms.

Tune in for an interview full of ideas and advice on how to best use ‘Clubhouse’ to your advantage and to increase your engagement with like minded individuals.

Related: My best tips for moderating a Clubhouse Room (and related links)