If it becomes mandatory that you use a form of communication while driving, using the phone would be the best choice. Placing the phone to your ear is much safer than typing a text. Texting requires the use of at least one, if not both, hands. Therefore, it takes away from your steering power of the wheel.
When texting, you are not concentrating on driving, sending or receiving a text requires you to fixate your eyes on the phone. This in turn causes you to take your eyes off the road. An accident can occur in the blink of an eye. The one to two second it takes you to glance at your phone, is the same amount it takes you to wreck, strike a pedestrian, and/or run off the road. While operating a motor vehicle of any kind, your attention should always be on the road. You’re not only putting yourself in danger but you also put other innocent drivers at risk.
Texting while driving has proved to be more dangerous than driving drunk. They pose the same risk of injuring yourself and others. If you wouldn’t drive drunk, then you shouldn’t drive and text. In 2010, 81% of the US population admitted to texting while driving. It is now illegal in many states.