March 27, 2010
Texting While Driving
The average Joe is sitting in his Honda on Interstate 90 when his cell phone goes off. Of course, hearing the recognizable text message vibration or ringtone creates curiosity, so Joe thinks, “Maybe it’s my friend telling me about a change of plans for tonight, or parents, or something is wrong?” Although traffic looks like it is going to be moving soon, and knowing that it would only take a few seconds to respond, Joe does. Then before he knows it, the Blazer in front of him stops too fast and causing the grill of Joe’s Honda to hit the back end of the Blazer. Texting behind the wheel is dangerous because it takes the driver’s eyes off the road and lowers the driver’s mental focus.
Vision is the main thing that everyone counts on while driving, texting and driving at the same time reduces that (Guevin). No matter where the cell phone is placed, whether it is on the dash board or on the steering wheel, the eyes are usually not where they really need to be. Everyone’s eyes are supposed to be on the road in any situation at all times. In just that split second that it takes to glance at a text message, a crash could occur.
Yes, some people claim to be able to text without looking at their phones, thinking they are safe but they are clearly not. Just because someone’s eyes are not on the phone, doesn’t mean that driver’s focus is on the road. A common saying about listening abilities also applies to vision here: “Just because you can hear me, doesn’t mean that you are listening to me (Magid).” Even though someone is looking at the road doesn’t mean that driver is paying attention to what is going on. A typical texting person’s eyes might be on the road, but the mind’s focus is on what he or she is going to reply in the message. Meanwhile, while they trying to make sure they hit the right key or letter on their phone, they are not noticing everything going on in...