Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Texting and Driving Don't Mix

Driving has always been an activity that requires a lot of focus and attention to ensure the car's safety and the passenger's welfare, as well. But as this generation is being flooded with a lot of new things like email, Facebook, Twitter, and the most recent and well-known form of distraction which is texting, people's attention has already been growing out of proportion and is slowly slipping away. Even with all the car safety features that your BMW has, if you are not really focused on what you are doing, your car safety focus is melting away and your chances of getting into an accident are increasing.
You might be thinking that the statement is a bit exaggerated, but the truth is, it is not. When an individual behind the wheel begins texting, the car safety level nets almost drop to the bottom half of the 100% safety level, according to recent auto reports. In case you don't have any idea on why that is the case, it is because once you start texting, you are using a lot of your visual, manual and cognitive skills that should be targeted for driving. In short, your visual skill is distracted because you have to look at the text instead of the road. Your manual skills are also distracted because you have to get your hands on the phone instead of the steering wheel. And lastly, your cognitive skills are affected because instead of thinking about the driving path that you are taking, you are now thinking of the words that you want to put in as a text message.
While other people treat this as a very light issue, it is really one of the major distractions a driver can have that affects car safety, not just in the USA but also in other parts of the world as well. This is because texting has become a habit or more of a way of life for many people and that is why it is feared and it certainly causes too much harm with regards to car safety and people's welfare. Note that even though you may have airbags, it will really be much better if you don't have to use them in accidents.
There are also several no text campaigns that have been around ensuring car safety for people. The bottom line is this: the only way to really be safe is to stop texting while driving. That is really the simplest way of avoiding an accident: focus on the road and not on your phone. That is the main importance of car safety. It is by focus that we learn and we survive.