Texting While Driving, Even Worse Than Drunk Driving?

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Driver using a cellphone to text while behind the wheel
Driver using a cellphone to text while behind the wheel

Car and Driver Magazine recently wrote a very interesting article about the dangers of texting while driving. Everyone knows that distracted driving is extremely dangerous and can lead to serious accidents, but according to Car and Driver, texting can have even more dangerous effects than drunk driving.

In their study, reading and sending text messages slowed the driver’s reaction times significantly enough to cause a serious accident. Reading a text message caused the drivers’ reaction time to more than double when compared to drunk driving and more than triple when compared to driving without distractions.

Reading a text message caused the drivers’ reaction time to more than double when compared to drunk driving and more than triple when compared to driving without distractions.

While the results of the study are startling, they are not surprising. While this study may make drunk driving seem less severe than it actually is, Car and Driver noted that they were only measuring reaction time, not the ability to stay in the proper lane or follow traffic rules.

Drunk driving is both legally and socially unacceptable. We are all taught the dangers of driving while intoxicated at a very young age and we know that is an absolutely irresponsible thing to do. Texting while driving, on the other hand, has little regulation and there has been little to no outcry over the dangers of this activity.

The results of this study are quite grim; however, it should serve as a reminder to all drivers that texting while driving, or using your cell phone for any purpose, is extremely dangerous. Staying in touch with your friends and family via phone is important, but not worth risking your life and lives of others on the road. Remember, if you must use your cell phone or text while driving, pull over to the side of the road and stay safe.

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