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Understanding the Dangers of Texting While Driving

Last updated 5 years ago

Automobiles have been around long before cell phones. When cell phones were first introduced en masse, many drivers commented on how they felt safer with their cell phones on them because they could call for help should they break down or be involved in an accident. But as cell phones have become faster, smarter, and easier to use while driving, they pose a threat to your safety on the road. As you will learn in driving school, text messaging is one of the most dangerous activities you can engage in while driving. Here are a few reasons why:

Attention Loss
Driving is an activity that requires your full attention. Even if you are cruising down a highway and there are no drivers in front or behind, several potential disasters could occur should you take your attention off the road to send a text message or check your email.  

Slow Reaction Time
When your attention is taken away from the road, your reaction time is slowed. Obstacles, distracted drivers, and other hazards that can be avoided by quick driving decisions can cause seriously injurious and even deadly accidents when your reaction time is slower than normal. Many studies suggest that text messaging slows a driver’s reaction time even more than driving while intoxicated.

According to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration, nearly one in five fatal car crashes was caused by distracted driving in the year 2010. As the most common driving distraction, text messaging was responsible for many of the 3,092 distracted driving related deaths that occurred that year.

If you really want to get in touch with someone while you are driving, safely pull over to read and respond to any text messages you think may not be able to wait. To learn more about avoidable driving dangers, enroll in a driver training course at Top Driver. To speak with a member of our Chicago-based driving school, call (888) 471-5418.


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