Why? What is so damn important that it can’t wait? Has the need to be available 24/7 so pervaded our societies that we put our lives at risk just for the sake of being contactable? I mean, what is anyone going to do with the information anyway – they’re driving a car from point A to point B. Even if you want to there’s nothing you can do about it.
How bad is the problem?
In the US the National Safety Council have estimated that a quarter of all car accidents happened as a result of using a mobile (cell) phone while driving whether this be talking or texting while driving. Or, with the newer development, taking photos while driving. Many of those resulted in people being killed and many others people having their lives shattered and their dreams and aspirations killed off. Consistently, about half of teenagers surveyed over the years admit to texting while driving.
How Dangerous is it?
In June 2009, Car and Driver magazine did some tests on drivers reaction time when drunk (blood alcohol greater than 0.8), reading a text message, writing a text message while driving. Reaction times while using a mobile (cell) phone were worse than when the test subjects were drunk.
You think this doesn’t apply to you because you’re a better driver or can multi-task better? Well have a look at this:
This was obviously set up but does serve to show how difficult it is to effectively control a car (even at relatively low speeds) while concentrating on something else.
What’s the Solution?
The most obvious solution is to switch the phone off when driving a car. While not as effective, you can put the phone on silent or, if you’re an AT&T customer you can download an app that you can activate that prevents the phone from being used.
There’s nothing so important that you have to risk your life to do it and this applies especially to using a mobile (cell) phone to talk or text while driving. And remember, the consequences of your decision to ignore this advice extend way beyond you or your immediate family or close friends: