Most teenagers love their cell phones. However, these devices can quickly turn from fun to dangerous when brought inside the car. If your teenager is currently taking driving lessons, it is important for you to teach her to never text while driving. Use this list of information to help your teen understand why texting while driving is so dangerous:
- Texting takes attention away from driving responsibilities. Teenagers may think they are the masters of multitasking, but research shows that multitasking actually distracts people from giving each task the attention and focus it deserves. If you send a text message while driving, your mind may be too occupied to think about how to properly operate your vehicle. This can result in a missed turn signal, a flat tire or a car collision.
- Looking down at your phone takes your eyes off the road. When you send a text message, you usually look down at the phone you are holding in your hand. If you send or read a text message while driving, you will have to take your eyes off of the road long enough to look at your phone. This can be very dangerous as you may not notice other drivers, pedestrians, or obstacles coming up in front of you.
- Sending a text will slow your reaction time. Research shows that checking or sending a text while operating a vehicle can slow down a driver’s reaction time. Some studies have shown that drivers who are texting exhibit less control over their vehicles than drivers who are impaired by alcohol.
- Texting while driving is illegal in Illinois. It is actually illegal to use your phone to send or read text messages while driving here in Illinois. If you are caught, you may get pulled over and receive a warning or a ticket that can affect your driving record.