Texting and driving is downright dangerous, deadly and illegal. Why then, is it becoming more and more common? Particularly among young drivers. There have been several Orange County fatal car accidents recently in the news. The consequences of cell phone use or any distracted driving are severe, with fatal injuries on the rise.
Driving while using a cell phone has an effect on the brain, interfering with necessary cognitive awareness and functions which are important to be able to operate a car. There are specific spatial functions which can become impaired, such as memory processing. This involves the memory area of the brain, and is just one function of the brain which is necessary for safe driving. The ability to remember, and properly interpret what is seen can be affected by as much as 37 percent.
Driving while using a cell phone or text messaging while driving means that you are eight times more at risk of being involved in a car crash than someone who is not participating in distracted driving. Reaction times are slowed by anyone using a cell phone while driving. Things such as lane changes, control of the steering wheel and reaction times vary when using a cell phone or when something else distracts the driver.
Orange County fatal car accidents are on the rise, sadly. While most drivers would readily admit that distracted driving is dangerous, most participate in some form of distracted driving that could prove to be dangerous. Driving while using a cell phone isn’t worth the possible horrible consequences. It’s quite simple: Don’t do it.