Texting and Driving: It’s safe, right?

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Still think Texting and Driving is safe?  Are you one of those people who think that laws against texting and driving are written for the other people?  You know whom I mean – all those people who are just morons or jerks and can’t possibly drive their car as well as you can.  Think you can do better?

I have my moments of superiority, like all of us do.  I am, afterall, only human.  But, texting and driving is a major hazard.  Holding your phone us to your mouth, with your caller on speaker isn’t all that safe either (I’m talking to you, lady in the white Ford Focus who couldn’t keep up a steady speed and swerved into my lane twice).

According to the Infographics Website, you are 8 times as likely to cause an accident by texting and driving.  Let me repeat that: 8 times.  It is more dangerous than drunk driving or talking on a cell phone (although, I didn’t see any statistics of how dangerous you are when driving drunk AND talking on a cell phone).

Still think you’re invincible – you must be, right – it’s the other guy who kills someone or themselves by being stupid behind the wheel.  It certainly couldn’t be YOU.

Check out this interactive game on the NY Times website.  Play it once – that’s right, just once (repetition can improve your skills and cause you to pass the test – that’s not how the real world works).  Take a look at your score.  Then, decide if I’m right that texting and driving is dangerous and we shouldn’t do it.

Gauging Your Distraction

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