Texting while driving has been receiving a lot of attention as a dangerous distracting habit. Understanding why it poses a significant risk and finding solutions to it is a sure step towards eliminating this distraction.
Mind off of the Main Task
When you are driving, it should be your brain's only task. There are many things to pay attention to including other cars on the road, road signs, weather, etc. According to the Department of Transportation, driving while using a cell phone decreases the amount of brain activity used for driving by almost 37%. That is a percentage that could be the difference between causing a life-threatening accident or preventing one.
Eyes off the Road
If you are looking at your cell phone, you are not looking at the road. Being aware of your surroundings while driving is imperative to being a safe driver and you cannot do that if your eyes are no concentrating on what is ahead of or beside you.
A certain solution is switching your phone off and putting it somewhere you will not try to reach for it such as the back seat or a locked glove box. This will help you get used to not having your cell phone around you when you are driving so that eventually you can have it near you while you are driving without being tempted to reach for it.
Texting while driving is a major cause of both minor and major accidents. If you have been injured by a distracted driver, you may have a personal injury claim. Contact Angiuli & Gentile, LLP for a consultation regarding your injury today at 347-201-4447.