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New Drivers Need to Know about the Dangers of Texting while Driving

Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and Driving School Association of the Americas ConsumerFeature


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AT ANY GIVEN MOMENT, MORE THAN HALF-A-MILLION AMERICANS ARE USING THEIR MOBILE-DEVICES WHILE DRIVING.  TEEN-DRIVERS ARE THE WORST OFFENDERS--EVEN THOUGH 97-PERCENT AGREE THAT TEXTING AND DRIVING IS DANGEROUS.  THAT'S WHY THE "DRIVING-SCHOOL ASSOCIATION OF THE AMERICAS" URGES NEW DRIVERS TO BREAK BAD HABITS, BEFORE THEY START.  ANY ACTIVITY THAT DIVERTS THEIR ATTENTION AWAY FROM THE PRIMARY TASK OF DRIVING INCREASES THE RISK OF A CRASH--BUT TEXTING IS AMONG THE WORST:  IT TAKES A DRIVER'S EYES OFF THE ROAD, AND THEIR HANDS OFF THE WHEEL, FOR AN AVERAGE OF FOUR-POINT-SIX SECONDS--THE EQUIVALENT OF DRIVING THE LENGTH OF A FOOTBALL-FIELD, BLIND, AT 55 MILES-PER-HOUR.  NEW DRIVERS NEED TO UNDERSTAND THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES, WHEN THEY GET BEHIND THE WHEEL.  DRIVING-SCHOOLS CAN USE SIMULATIONS, TO SHOW STUDENTS HOW DRIVING AND TEXTING DIMINISHES THEIR ABILITY TO SEE TROUBLE AND REACT QUICKLY--ENDANGERING THEMSELVES, THEIR PASSENGERS, AND INNOCENT BYSTANDERS.  LEARN MORE ABOUT PREVENTING DISTRACTED-DRIVING, AT "FACEBOOK"-DOT-COM-SLASH-"AUTO-ALLIANCE".

For a similar report on avoiding grooming while driving, click here; for one about adults helping younger drivers avoid picking up bad habits, click here.


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