By now, everyone should know that texting and driving is a serious problem.Â Not convinced?Â DO U TXTÂ N DRV? Consider watching this video from AT&T.
The video tells the story of four teenagers, each affected by distracted driving. It makes a point of sharing the last words texted by each person to show how pointless the four tragedies are.
Rather than recapping the film, though,Â I recommend taking a few minutes out of your day and watching the whole thing.
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Distraction is defined by NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)Â as a specific type of inattention that occurs when drivers divert their attention away from the task of driving to focus on another activity instead.
These distractions can be electronic distractions, such as navigation systems and cell phones, or more conventional distractions, such as interacting with passengers and eating. These distracting tasks can affect drivers in different ways and are categorized into the following three typesâ€“
- visual, taking your eyes off the road
- manual, taking your hands off the wheel
- cognitive, taking your mind off the road