Texting and Driving is Distracting
Texting has become a popular form of communication, but do drivers need to send, receive and read text messages while operating a motor vehicle; no. Many drivers feel that they can do both with ease, but the fact of the matter is that texting distracts and diverts one's attention.
Getting behind wheel of an automobile and texting is as dangerous as drinking and driving. State bans on texting and driving may not be very effective, some drivers will continue to use their cell phones while driving. This is a serious and deadly problem. Statics have proven that texting, e-mailing, surfing the Internet and talking on a cell phone, hands-free or not, is extremely distracting for drivers.
It only takes a split-second to veer off into another lane, to rear-end another vehicle, or to hit a child who runs into the street chasing their ball. Why do drivers feel the need to text and drive? What is so important that it cannot wait? It is up to each and every licensed driver to accept responsibility and stop texting and driving while exercising their privilege to operate a moving vehicle.
Are You a Parent That Texts and Drives
Think about the message you are sending to your child(ren) about being a responsible driver, and consider the fact that children do as we do not as we say. Teens with parents that text or use a cell phone while driving will do the same.
Parents can set an example by turning off their cell phones and putting them in the glove box, brief case or purse as soon as they get in the car. This may send a message to children without words, action does speak louder than words.
2 Ways to Educate Children About the Dangers of Texting and Driving
Telling a child that texting is dangerous while driving is not enough, especially if you do it. Visuals have a greater impact and lasting effects. If you drive and text or talk on your cell you may need a wake up call too. Take some time to sit down with your child(ren) and do a search online for statistics on texting while driving. You may be shocked at what you learn, but more importantly you will help educate your child.
But do not stop there, watch news videos of the deadly accidents that have resulted from this type of irresponsible behavior with your kids. Then have a discussion, this way you are giving your children a chance to express their feelings and thoughts openly.
Please, stop texting while driving, educate yourself and children of the real dangers.
Will state bans, laws and restrictions on texting while driving make a difference? Consider the laws on drinking and driving, sadly those laws have consequences but they have not stopped people from getting behind the wheel while intoxicated.
Driving and texting laws and bans may create awareness, but it is the driver who will have the final say. Are you ready to help stop texting while driving? Turn the cell phone off and put it away while driving.