Texting While Driving Dangers Denial
by Nicholas Pell
Why You Think You're the Exception to the Dangers of Texting While Driving -- But You're Not
It's time to 'fess up: You've probably done a little texting while driving. You've probably even done it recently, despite the growing public service campaigns advising you of the dangers of texting while driving. And you probably think you're the exception.
After all, you glance down only momentarily -- like you might glance at the radio display -- or you text only while sitting at a stoplight.
So you might be surprised to know that even under those circumstances, you could be on a path to catastrophe. Read on for important texting while driving statistics and to learn more about the dangers of texting and driving, texting while stopped ... and why some people just can't help themselves.
Dangers of Texting and Driving
According to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute:
1. When you text and drive, your attention is taken away from the road for nearly five seconds, meaning that you travel the equivalent of a football field while not looking at the road when driving 55 miles per hour.
2. Text messaging increases the chance of a crash by more than 20 times. For heavy vehicles and trucks, texting increases the risk of crash by more than 23 times.
Texting-while-driving is now the leading cause of death for teen drivers. Given these alarming texting while driving statistics, most states in the U.S. have enacted laws banning texting while behind the wheel. But it appears the message isn't getting through for many drivers.
Texting While Stopped
Texting while at a stoplight or in a traffic jam can be just as dangerous as texting while driving, according to David E. Meyer, Ph.D., professor of neuroscience at the University of Michigan and expert on texting and driving.
"There's a phenomenon called automation deficit," Dr. Meyer says. "If you drop one task and start up another, you lose your situation awareness, which is very important while driving."
This is hardly an abstract concern. "It might take you 5-10 seconds to get fully aware of the situation," he says, so "you're effectively driving while drunk for that time period."
Why People Continue to Text and Drive
Everyone knows texting and driving is dangerous, yet people continue to do it.
"Most people think they're immune to problems," Dr. Meyer says. "People find it hard to believe that bad things are going to happen to them until they actually do. We have a general illusion of immunity that extends far beyond texting, cell phones and driving."
The only way that this sense of immunity is shattered is when a bad thing happens -- and by then it's too late. The solution is clear: Put down the phone for when you drive. No matter what's tempting you to pick it up, nothing is so important that it can't wait until you've gotten off the road.
If you absolutely need to text or look something up, get off the highway and park your car in a safe spot. After you're done, put the phone back down -- and stay focused on the road.
- Do Not Break Your iPhone
- Smartphone Prices Trending Upwards
- iPhone X Steals the Show
- What The iPhone X Costs Around The World
- Mobile Data: Who's Using The Most
- Smartphones Cause Photography Boom
- Most iPhone Users Never Look Back
- The iPhone Price Index
- Most Used Devices
- Africans Never Hung Up on Nokia Brick
- Smartphone Addiction Tightens Its Global Grip
- Teens and Their Smartphones
- The (Still) Limited Reach of Apple Pay
- Chinese Smartphone Players
- Landline Phones Are a Dying Breed
- When Will 5G Hit the Mainstream?
- Apple & Nokia See Deeper Partnership
- iPhone Still Apple's Cash Cow Despite Declining Sales
- The Smartphone Afterlife
- Smartphone Market Not a Two-Horse Race
- The Perfect Holiday Shopping Assistant
- Must-use Security Features on Your iPhone
- Benefits of Learning How to Use Your Smartphone Camera
- Questions to Ask Before You Buy a New Smartphone
- Benefits and Features to Look For When Buying a Smartphone
- What Data Plan is Right For You?
- Make a Smarter Upgrade
- iPhone 6s Tips and Tricks
- How to Find Free Wi-Fi
- Pros and Cons of Portable Smartphone Chargers
- What is the Right Age to Give a Kid a Smartphone?
- The Best Ways to Make Your Phone Work for Your Family
- The Best (Indestructible) Phones for Kids
- Best Parental Controls for Mobile Devices
- Turn Your Smartphone Into a Projector
- What Do Cell Phone Carriers Know?
- Texting While Driving Dangers Denial
- Are Free Phone Apps Costing You Your Privacy?
- Mobile Device Adoption: Targeting the Next 50 Percent
- Why Mobile Is Such a Big Deal for Big Data
- 11 Tips for Mobile Software Development
- Putting Mobile Developers to the Test
- The Cell Phone Turns 40
- Smart phones: It's Now the Age of the Thumb
- Google Fears Samsung's Android OS dominance
- Apple iWatch Could Be Unveiled This Year
- Galaxy S4 Rumors Continue to Dominate Smartphone News
- Smartphones to Finally Outnumber Feature Phones this Year
- Future Smart Devices Will Extend Our Senses
- Mobile Technology Trends: Give Your Apps a Voice
- Mobile Apps and Accessibility
- Is Apple's iOS Fragmenting?
- Why Wireless Needs a Network of Networks
Article: Copyright © 2017 Studio One Networks. All rights reserved.