Is Texting While Driving Just As Bad As Drinking And Driving?
· You take at least one hand off of the wheel in order to operate your cell phone or PDA. During this time, only one of your hands is controlling a very large, dangerous piece of equipment that is probably going 20 to 70 miles per hour. Two hands should remain on the wheel at all times.
· You take your eyes off the road to read your mobile device screen. Even taking your eyes off the road for a few moments at a time adds up - you could have your eyes off the road for the length of three football fields at a time as you read or send text messages.
· You take your mind off of driving. Over and over again, studies show that you need to be mentally engaged with driving - this means thinking about the road ahead of you, possible obstacles, and other dangers instead of what your friend might have just texted you.