Driving while on the cell phone can be a huge distraction.
Your mind cannot be on the road and surroundings if you are texting or having a conversation. I am going to create an experiment to prove this theory. Say subjects are put in cars, one with a cell and one without. They are put in the same obstacle course one at a time. The course has all the precautions to make the test safe.
Such as rubber guard rails, a speed limit of 25 mph and any objects they hit will collapse. The course also is equipped with stop lights, stop signs and fake pedestrians. Their is also a camera in both cars. The test has to be in a controlled environment so none of the subjects get hurt. The design of the course is made to see if the subject driving while cell phone is ringing and texting distracts their driving.
One will drive without a cell in the car the other with a cell phone that will ring and receive texts while driving the course. Almost 330,000 injuries occur every year from accidents caused by texting and driving. Texting when driving causes a 400 percent increase with your eyes off the road. Texting is the most dangerous activity while driving. According to the National Survey on Distracted Driving Attitudes and Behaviors (NHTSA’s) 74% hand held use while driving and 94% texting. Cell phone use behind the wheel reduces brain activity by 37%.
The subjects are ready for the test. First one in the car is no cell with them. They go through the course, stop at all the stop signs and resd lights and do not pass the speed limit. Very nice and smooth the subject passed without any penalties. Next the subject enters the car with a cell phone. The subject gets a texts, they look at cell and swerve out of the line by 10 inches, thank god nobody was walking on the shoulder. Next phone rings, they begin a conversation. The subject runs a red light! In conclusion driving while on a cell phone is distracting and very dangerous.
Every day approximately 9 people are killed and more than a 1,000 injured due to the use of cell phones. There are three main types of distractions,#1 visual: taking your eyes off the road even for a second can cause an accident. #2 Manual, taking your hands off the wheel , for example to answer a text. And Cognitive, taking your mind off driving and your surroundings. There are a lot of different things that can be distracting and dangerous like using a GPS.
Texting while driving though is especially dangerous. Texting while driving uses combines all three types of distraction. Many states have now banned cell use while driving. Drivers under the age of twenty have the highest distraction related accidents. Even though it’s very dangerous and some states have laws against cell use while driving we all have looked at a text, answered a call.
People who are frequent texters while driving are more likely to not wear their seatbelt, get in the car with someone who has been drinking, and more likely to drink and drive themselves. The bottom line do not text or talk on your cell while driving, you might just save a life, even your own.