We all know that texting while driving is dangerous, but it turns out that almost half of all commuters in the US admitted to doing it anyway, according to a survey conducted by AT&T. Not only do 49% of commuters text while driving, but 98% said that texting while driving is dangerous and that they probably shouldn’t do it.
What’s perhaps more surprising is that out of all the teenagers surveyed, 43% of them admitted to texting behind the wheel, which is lower than the 49% of the older folks. Of course, that doesn’t make the situation better — 43% of teenagers is still 43% of teenagers who text while driving, so the statistics don’t look good either way.
However, with the advancement of technology, commuters are able to use hands-free systems if they want to use their phones while driving. However, as we’ve pointed out before, hands-free systems may not be all that much better. A study showed that hands-free systems can still distract drivers by taking their mind off the road.
It’s never a good idea to multi-task while driving. Even having your morning coffee can distract you from the road. It only takes a split second for something to happen, and by then it could already be too late. While you may think that you don’t have to take your eyes off the road to take a sip of coffee, your mind itself gets distracted and can reduce your reaction time significantly.
[via Android Community]