It's amazing what younger generations can accomplish with a few clicks of their cell phone. From making plans for the evening and shopping online to ordering a meal to go, texting and smart phones make life more convenient. While the novelty and ease of communication via texting is widely used, the dangers of this activity behind the wheel must be taken seriously. Many may say something to the effect of, "What? It's not like I'm drinking and driving!" Which is the truth, the reaction time of someone with a blood alcohol content of .08 reacts four times more
quickly than when they are texting sober according to a study by CarandDriver
. While many states ban texting and driving and some states even ban complete hand held cell use behind the wheel the temptation may still remain.
When the dangers are this evident that even driving drunk may be safer than texting should make someone think twice before picking up that cell phone behind the wheel. If you struggle with the temptation to check that e-mail or text here are a few ways to avoid it:
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- Give yourself a reality check and watch this video the Today Show featured in a texting & driving segment.
- If you're trying to find an address, pull over and park before checking your phone.
- If you have someone in the car with you ask them to help you break the texting habit.
- Place your cell phone out of reach.
- If this isn't enough to stop you, turn your cell phone off.