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Driving While Texting Is a Killer Combo

We all know the dangers with using wireless communication devices like your cell phone or iPod while driving, yet most of us continue to do so. With car crashes being the number one killer of teens in the U.S, the Today Show decided to see just how distracted teens can get while using their phone while driving. Using a special simulator and wearing high-tech glasses, two teens were put to the test to see how much they looked away and for how long while taking calls, changing songs on their iPod, or sending a text message. All it takes is two seconds for someone to be distracted and cause an accident, as you'll see in this video. Lesson learned? Always exercise caution, don't look away from the road, and invest in a bluetooth headset.

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breagayle breagayle 9 years
Swirving all over the road? I think that simulator might be a little touchy...
koolbr33z3 koolbr33z3 9 years
This is one of my biggest pet peeves! Stop doing stuff like this people! It's not only for your own safety but the safety of the other human beings driving on the road around you.
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
And more accidents from drowsy driving than drunk driving, as long as we're doing statistics. *shrug* Anyway, that singer Brandy was texting when she hit the lady and killed her. It's not just teens, although adults should know better. You don't drive down the freaking highway at 65 mph and text. The reason Bluetooth isn't any better than holding the phone is that when you're talking to someone in person they can pick up on cues about when you need to concentrate on your driving. When you're on the phone there are no physical cues, and therefore no concentration.
Crazyswooop Crazyswooop 9 years
And on another note... There have been studies that there are more accidents due to eating while driving, compared to chatting on the phone. Interesting...
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 9 years
I text at red lights. Most teens can practically text without looking so it's probaly us older ones that's getting in accidents.
nancita nancita 9 years
Wow that is really scary. I just cannot understand why people would text while driving.
k-squared k-squared 9 years
Actually, they've already proved bluetooth headsets don't make the situation any better- there's no real improvement in driving no matter how you use your cell phone. It's better to just use it before and after you get in your car, not while you're driving.
linb linb 9 years
I think they focus on teens because they look away for a longer period of time. I did the same during my first few years of driving, even without a cell phone, iPod, etc. I probably do more talking and texting on my phone now than I did then, but I don't look away from the road as long, and I've learned to be alert. Teens who are new to driving do not have that type of experience yet.
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 9 years
I also don't think they should focus ONLY on teens Crazyswooop. People of all ages bother me when they drive and talk, or do other business while rudely talking on the phone to a friend, even in resturants people order food while talking at the same time on the cell phone, or texting. I find these people to be a problem IF they are the kind of people that CANNOT do two things at one time. Some people can talk AND drive, just like somepeople can be ordering something face to face AND make a quick text at the same time. Again, some people can do two things at one time without it interrupting either of what they're doing. And some people just CAN'T. It's not only teenagers with this problem.
Crazyswooop Crazyswooop 9 years
This somewhat angers me, why is the focus on teens?! What about every other adult out there with a blackberry. Whom I constantly see on the road, checking their emails and replying - while driving! Sorry folks but texting is no longer just for teens, it's done by everyone these days.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I try really hard not to text while I am the driver. Sometimes I do when I am stopped, but even then I know it's bad!
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