LOOK AROUND: What do you see?
The next time you're at a stoplight, take a look around. Look at the vehicle next to you, on your left and right. You might see the mother of two turned around, trying to give her baby a pacifier to stop the crying. Or you might see the businessman, dressed in a suit and tie, using his hands-free earpiece to talk on the phone while he eats his lunch. What about that young teenager who's texting his friend to tell him how awesome the movie was? Which one is the distraction? The cell phone? The car? The driver? There's only one distraction drivers can't control: sneezing. Driving distracted is a choice!
There are three types of distractions: visual, manual and cognitive. A visual distraction is one that takes your eyes off the road. It could be as simple as looking over at a passing classic car while you're driving. A manual distraction is one that takes your hands off the wheel while driving. Changing the radio station while driving is considered a manual distraction. Cognitive distractions take your mind off the road. Maybe you're going through some things in your personal life, and you space out while driving. Although all distractions can be considered dangerous, texting while driving is the worst.
It takes all three types of distractions to text while driving. You are looking at your phone, using your hands to text, and thinking about what you're going to type. This is why texting and driving is so dangerous and causes thousands of accidents a year. Preventing distracted driving is easier than you think: Simply don't do it. It's the driver's decision to change the song, take their eyes off the road, or pick up the phone. There are apps on your phone that you can download to prevent distracted driving. "TextNoMore" is a cool app that provides you retailer coupons when you drive without texting, and there are many more apps that disable your phone while you're moving.
At the end of the day, the easiest option is to put the phone down until you reach your destination. You don't want to risk your life for a text.
BY STAFF SGT. JAYLON J. WILLIAMS