Delivered 3:23 P.M. Ever since I was involved in a life-threatening car crash, I have increased my awareness and interest in driving as safe as possible. Most people in today’s society are exposed to the dangers of distracted driving, specifically texting; however, they continue to do it, even though the odds are against them. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated that one in every four car accidents are caused by texting and driving. To resist my own impulses, I turn my phone on do not disturb while driving. This silences my phone when notifications are received, therefore reducing my urge to check my phone. As technology advances, more and more humans are becoming attached to their smartphones. Due to the connection with …show more content…
Early in the article, Shaun Vecera, a professor at Iowa’s Psychological and Brain Sciences Department, is introduced. He explains the experiment performed by his team of researchers to determine whether or not attention disengagement is the cause of poor driving when simultaneously using a cell phone. (Lewis 4). Subjects were classified as either active listeners or passive listeners. Active listeners had to answer true or false questions; passive listeners did not answer, just listened. The active listeners mimicked a person talking on the phone or having a conversation with a passenger in the car (Lewis 3). Both types of subjects had to face a computerized screen that tracked their eye movements. A new object would appear on the screen during the questioning, and the eye-movement speed to the object was recorded. The active listeners took almost one hundred milliseconds longer (Lewis 18). This delay does not seem like much, but it piles on top of eachother; Vecera describes it as a “snowball effect.” One distraction after another creates the attentional disengagement problem, causing the driver to be oblivious to their surroundings (Lewis 18). Vecera also makes a strange proposal in this article; he thinks researchers should look into whether or not someone can condition or practice texting and driving to eliminate the mental distraction it causes (Lewis 22). This claim seems strange to me, considering Vecera dedicated a whole experiment trying to prove the dangers of texting and driving. I have never considered practicing something as dangerous as texting and driving to become better at it or to try and diminish the possible consequences. This source helped me understand why people drive worse when using a cell phone, but I still have not found any statistics proving
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Interacting with children and other persons sometimes affects them manually on the road. Then, there is social media which in many cases removes the mind from the road. Today the major distractions while driving can be anything from texting, interacting with people inside or outside the vehicle and posting on social media. Texting while driving is a major discussion today, as it is becoming more popular. Texting and turning focus to the phone while driving can affect the craft of safe driving.
What is distracted driving? Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger the driver, passengers, and bystander safety. I believe that it is extremely important to emphasize the dangers of distracted driving among all drivers, but most especially teenagers—in this age of new technology. I do think that many drivers are aware of the dangers of driving distracted, but it is also possible that they simply decide not to follow the rules.
How to Fight Distracted Driving by Lianna Thompson Safer roads is a goal that virtually everyone benefits from since we all share the road infrastructure. However this goal of safe roads can be difficult since there are many circumstances that can put drivers in dangerous situations. But perhaps the one that has gotten the most attention as of late is the issue of distracted driving. There have been countless attempts in order to help stop this issue, yet it still remains one of the leading causes of auto accidents.
In this era, with technology as a part of everyday life, it has become difficult to use a simple Public Service Announcement (PSA) as a way to reduce distracted drivers. This is due, for the most part, to the developed habit of assuming. People believe, since it’s seen in many shows and commercials, that those ‘bad things’ that come as a result of distracted driving are not likely to occur to them. People want to prove that they are able to do multiple tasks at once and every PSA would be a challenge so to speak, to show they are above average at multitasking. Those such assumptions and aspirations to prove oneself have resulted in such growing rates.
While distracted driving is a big issue in the United States, I firmly believe that the use of smartphones is one of, if not, the largest distractions Americans face today while driving. It seems that for some reason people can not wait until they are done driving, to wherever it is they are headed, to check their phone. Yes, I understand that in some situations people will have an emergency where they have to look at their phone, but in a vast majority of instances this is not the case. There are a few things that could be implemented that could persuade people to resist the urge to check their phones while driving such as banning the use of cellular devices in vehicles all together, fixing vehicles so that they cannot emit WiFi anymore, also implementing a device in vehicles that could make the inside of a vehicle a dead zone. First of all banning the use of cell phones in vehicles could be a very tricky stunt to pull off.
Defining Distracted Driving Anyone handling an 18-wheeler that is text messaging is twenty-three times more likely to get in an accident. In the simple act of dialing a cellphone, a truck driver is six times more likely to cause an accident. Distracted driving is not just limited to texting and talking on a cellphone.
III. Purpose Statement – Texting while driving is a serious distraction and one that could cost you your life or the lives of others. IV. Main Points (TRANSITION:
Three of the high risk behaviors account for texting and driving including “eyes off of the road, at least one hand off the wheel, and mind off the driving situation” (Hollister, 2013). The three actions a person partakes in while texting and driving fall into the three major categories the Center for Disease Control established. Once people begin texting and driving, they no longer pay attention to their driving and only their phone or tablet. Distracted driving takes away the reaction time of a driver from avoiding a crash. Comprehending danger while driving takes multiple seconds.
Sharon Heit, the mother of a victim of distracted driving, once said, “In a split second you could ruin your future, injure or kill others, and tear a hole in the heart of everyone who loves you.” Distracted driving is one of the main causes of a car crash in the United States. People are so intune with their phones and what is on the seat next to them, that they could ruin someone 's life forever. Because of distracted driving, people get severely injured and can lose their lives, so phone and car companies should work together to create a device to reduce this issue.
Distracted driving is a problem of epidemic proportions. Thousands die every year in accidents attributed to distracted driving. There are many ways to be distracted behind the wheel - answering a phone call, sending a text message, paying too much attention to passengers, or playing with the radio. One distraction many drivers take for granted is the need to use the restroom. Experts say, however, that needing to use the bathroom can be as dangerous of a distraction as any other.
Touch screens and voice commands require the driver's attention and require them to take their eyes off the road and focus on the screen or microphone. This can take valuable seconds away from paying attention to the road ahead. Bryant agrees when he writes, “Oftentimes, discussions regarding distracted driving center around cell phone use and texting, but distracted driving also includes other activities such as eating, talking to other passengers, or adjusting the radio or climate controls”(Bryant 1). In other words, Bryant believes that distracted driving is not only caused by cell phone use but it can be a variety of other things. Cell phones are a big distraction while on the road, but so are a lot of other things.
In January 2004 a 20-year-old woman ran a red light while talking on a cell phone causing a horrific accident in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She killed a 12-year-old boy and endangered her life and lives of the other people in that intersection. Understanding the distracted brain: Why driving while using hands-free cell phones is risky behavior.(2012) (1st ed.,
C. Solution: influencing and convincing people to not use their cell phone while driving to decrease or have zero deaths or injuries each year in car collisions caused by cell phone use. • Some do not realize that the use of cell phone while driving can distract you in many ways ➢ While driving there are three main types of distraction visual, manual, cognitive. Taking your eyes of the road is visual distracting for example looking at your phone. Taking your hand of the wheel is manual distraction for example having your phone in hand and not on the wheel. Lastly taking your mind off the road is cognitive distraction for example conversation on the phone while driving.
Texting and Driving has become a recent issue in today’s society. Many teens and adults have made a habit of using their cell phones while driving. Its distracting and getting in a car accident while on your phone is higher than if you aren’t on it. They made a law saying that using your phone while driving is illegal. One of the dangerous things about texting is how fast you can get in an accident by just looking at your phone for less than 5 seconds.
However Marc E. Weksler and Babette B. Weksler explain that “Neurophysiologic correlates of distracting second tasks during simulated driving have shown by MRI that a driver listening to someone speak suffers a 37% loss in parietal lobe activation associated with significant deterioration in driving accuracy, even when a phone is not being used or dialed”(386). So even though advanced technology is being created to try and make multitasking and driving easier people still can’t use it to their advantage because any other task being done other than driving still puts us at a huge risk of