Adults often say that teens are too often distracted when driving
– whether by cell phone calls, smart phone texting, or rowdy passengers. At the same time, many teens believe that their parents and other adults are dangerous behind the wheel because they didn’t learn about the dangers of mobile devices when they learned to drive.
Last week at a parking lot at Bellevue Community College, ten adults and ten teens decided to set the record straight. In an unscientific competition organized by Allstate Insurance, drivers navigated a closed driving course while distracted by various factors. Drivers took to the course four times: once with no distractions, once while talking on the cell phone, once while texting on a cell phone, and once while distracted by talkative passengers
. In some cases, children competed against their parents, who others participated with other relatives or grandparents.
The results? Everyone who participated hit at least one cone during the demonstration, and many were surprised at how dangerous it was to take your hands off the wheel and your mind off of the road while driving. Many reported that while cell phone use and distracting passengers were a hindrance, texting while driving was by far the most dangerous activity.
All in all, no matter what your age or your driving experience, driving distractions affect all drivers. And remember: talking on a handheld device or speaking on a cell phone to text message is illegal for drivers of all ages in Washington State.
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Category: Car Accidents
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