While you are driving, anything which causes you to take your eyes off the road is a potentially dangerous situation. Cellphones have become very commonplace in recent years. And use of texts sent between users is a common way for people to communicate. However texting and driving is a very dangerous combination and should be avoided.
Texting is what is referred to when someone sends a text message through his/her cellphone. In order to do so, the person normally has to look at the display in his cellphone in order to read his/her incoming test messages or compose outgoing ones.
When this occurs during driving, it creates a very dangerous situation since it is a serious distraction to focusing attention on the road. If someone is looking at his/her cellphone rather than the road, the risk of accidents certainly increases. This practice is viewed by many people and traffic authorities as dangerous. It has also been linked to a number of accidents over the past few years.
Some recent surveys suggest that drivers consider texting while driving to be very distracting. However many drivers continue the practice despite the risks. It is felt by some that their texting does not distract their attention much at all and therefore does not constitute sufficient risk to avoid it.
However one study in particular disputes this notion. In 2009, a study sponsored by Car and Driver magazine found that texting while driving had a greater impact on safety than driving drunk.
Efforts are underway in the US and many countries abroad to get the word out that texting and driving are a very dangerous combination. They are using public awareness campaigns in this regard.
Some recent laws have been enacted to make the use of texting while driving an unlawful offense punishable by fines and other penalties. However it often difficult for law enforcement personnel to see if anyone is committing this act.
At the same time cellphone and electronics manufacturers are working on technical innovations which would allow texts to be sent and received without the need to view the screen.
Voice activated commands and dictation are the key. There are some programs which can convert the text message into spoken words and vice versa. But for the safest situation, leave your cellphone in your pocket and don’t send or receive texts until the vehicle is safely parked and not moving. It is safest for you and those around you.