We see it almost daily. Next time you take a drive, take a look around you and see if you notice how many people are texting and driving. Last time I took a trip to my local supermarket across town, I counted a total of five instances where I caught a driver texting on their phones. Holding their phone over their steering wheels, or trying to hide it in their lap- like others don’t notice.
I think the biggest thing that I often notice is the random swerving in and out of lanes. That’s one of the first indications of a driver texting and driving. Another thing that bugs me- when someone sits at a green light when they are texting. It’s important to consider the busy schedules of the cars behind, and around you!
It’s a known fact that those who use devices or even hand-held devices while driving are much slower to react to other around them. In fact, it is known that reaction times are almost two times slower when one texts and drives, in comparison to a completely focused driver with no distractions. With the rise in teenagers using new technologies, and engagements in social media, emails, and internet browsing while driving- the rate of texting and driving instances has been on the rise in the past few years.
There are multiple resources and interactive tools that have been designed to help curb the destructive decisions made by some of our teens, as well as adults. Texting and driving is illegal, and should be considered extremely dangerous, considering the behaviour results in more serious injuries and casualties each year, than drunk driving alone.
An excellent resource to share with family members, friends, and our children is the “Stay Alive Game”. Upon visiting the game, participants enter their phone numbers, and click the start game. The user must operate a computer operated car, while a series of questions are prompted to the user’s cell phone. It quickly becomes difficult to operate the car, by swerving in and out of other moving cars, while texting your answers back to the questions being asked. It’s a safe, interactive way where we can see how dangerous it is to use cell phones while driving.
Take a look at the game today- and give it a shot! I was only able to text and drive for about 10 seconds, before I crashed. It’s fun, and a great tool for all to use. Let me know your thoughts on the game below, and be sure to share the game with your friends as well.