Seeing people text while driving freaks me out. In an earlier post, I mentioned a segment I saw on TV demonstrating that texting while driving is actually more dangerous than driving drunk. Well, it was on the Today show, and they showed an experiment by an editor from Car & Driver magazine. They outfitted a car with a red light in the windshield and when the light went on, the driver was supposed to brake. They then measured the distance it took the driver to stop after the light went on, four different times. First while completely unimpaired and undistracted; second after a few drinks; third while reading an email; and fourth while sending a text message. The link to the segment is below – it is enlightening, to say the least. If you don’ t feel like watching the video, here’s the upshot:
* Unimpaired, it took the driver about half a second to hit the brakes
* With a BAC of .08 (legally drunk), he drove an extra 4 ft. before braking
* Sober but reading emails, the driver went an extra 36 ft. before stopping
* While texting (and still sober), the driver when an extra 70 ft. (!!!) before hitting the brakes
This is horrifying, especially when you think of it happening on the freeway at super fast speeds, or even worse, on side streets with kids running around.
So stop texting while you drive!!! I guarantee that whatever you think is so important can wait until you’ve stopped your car. It’s certainly not any more important than your life – or someone else’s.