The Dangers of Texting While Driving

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In today’s day and age, technology has drastically increased. People seem to rely on the use of their devices more than anything. Typically, whenever and wherever, everyone is engaged in some form of technology, cell phones in particular. From pagers, to car phones, to initial “flip-phones”, and now to smart-phones, people practically use up most of their daily time with these devices. Nowadays, a lot of people doesn’t even like to have phone conversations…they can deliver their entire thought through a simple text message. In some retrospect, that’s a very good thing; in others, it can be extremely crucial, especially when it comes to texting and driving. Texting and driving has been the leading cause of car accidents in the recent years, a great portion of them which have ended with deadly results. The “norm” is not so safe anymore, especially when it is done carelessly. Most people think texting and driving is underrated. Some feel that they are excellent drivers and can multitask without a worry in the world. There’s certainty that the victims of texting and driving had this same exact thought process. There may very well be excellent drivers who can text while driving; however, their driving skills will not prevent them from having accidents. There are always unforeseen circumstances that require immediate reactions while driving, for example, stalled vehicles, unexpected traffic, items in the road, just to name a few. By not giving driving the full attention that it requires, people often take their eyes off of the road for a few seconds just to send a text, but in reality, all it takes is a few seconds for accidents to occur. Texting while driving has become very persistent in the past years. Reading newspapers, watchin... ... middle of paper ... ... lead to a greater way of living down the road, when your teen won't feel the need to compulsively check emails, texts, Twitter and Facebook every few seconds. Tell your teen you'll be disappointed if they misuse their cell phone while on the road. Driving is difficult enough. Driving with your eyes off the road is a whole new, terrifying beast. Let them know they're smart, and smart decisions come with intelligence. Works Cited The Dangers of Texting While Driving, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, http://www.fcc.gov/guides/texting-while-driving Distracted Driving, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, www.aaafoundation.org/distracted-driving Hartwell-Walker, M. (2012). Teens, Texting and Driving: Disaster in the Making. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 1, 2013, from http://psychcentral.com/lib/teens-texting-and-driving-disaster-in-the-making/00011379
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