The Harmful Effects Of Texting And Driving

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It seems as if every day, the news airs a breaking news story about an accident caused by texting and driving, and later shows an organization commercial stating the statistics and advising not to use any devices while driving. Texting and driving can be even more harmful than driving under the influence because while on our phones we focus on what we are commenting and texting that of which takes away the full attention we should have on the road, causing harm to not only ourselves but also those around us or inside the car with us.
According to the National Highway & Transportation Administration, both drunk driving and texting and driving, cause “distraction and impaired driving that can result in following too closely, not being able to brake on time or weaving into oncoming traffic”. Statistics have shown that with just a flick of a finger we are 23 times more likely to crash. It only seems logical that the cause of such issues are caused by the failure to full attention on the road. As
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No need to be a scientist! While texting and driving our brain is works on keeping your attention on the road, making sure your car is working well and have on all the right signals, and amongst other things thinking of a reasonable reply to your friend Sally whom just texted you asking what you were up to. The instant you take look down at your screen to see what Sally replied you are in danger of a tragic accident, all it takes is a 2-5 second distraction to cause any infraction. While driving all of your attention must be put on the road, the moment you reply automatically your brains cognitive load to your attention on the road reduces. Many studies prove the fact that using cell phones while driving is risky. Text messaging and conversing on either a handheld or hands-free cell phone while driving slows reaction time more than being drunk or high (Drews et al., 2009; Strayer, Drews, & Crouch,
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