Txt n drV? NOT!

Txt n drV? NOT!

May 16th, 2011 // 9:04 pm @

Imagine running down the road at 55 mph and taking your eyes off the road for the equivalent of a football field. Sound crazy? That’s pretty much what can happen when you text and drive according to the results of a Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study.

The large scale study placed sophisticated cameras and instruments in personal vehicles, and then followed study participants as they drove for more than six million miles. The goal was to get a clear picture of driver distraction and cell phone use in real-world driving conditions.

What they found were some serious driving distractions.

Distracted driving is any non-driving activity by a driver that has the potential to distract him/her from driving and increase the risk of crashing. According to the official U.S. Government web site for distracted driving, www.distraction.gov, there are three types of distractions:

  • Visual-taking your eyes off the road,
  • Manual-taking your hands off the wheel, and
  • Cognitive-taking your mind off what you’re doing.

Each distraction is dangerous. Texting is a triple distraction.

With more than six million miles of driving observed and documented, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study found the possibility of a crash or near crash is 23 times more likely when texting while driving!

Drivers who texted while driving had their eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds in a six-second interval. This equates to traveling the length of a football field at 55 mph without looking at the road.

What does this mean for adults and teens? Driving is a visual task. Anything that draws the driver’s eyes away from the road is hazardous. You never have to text and drive. Make it a family rule – no texting or dialing while driving.

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