Texting While Driving Worse Than Talking While Driving- Why?

Obviously it is hazardous to use a cell phone while driving. This is not new.

With the new popularity of texting, however, more studies are coming out on the topic of texting. The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society reported that researchers found that people tend to switch attention between texting and driving, while they tend to divide attention while talking on a cell phone and driving. So, while talking, some attention is still reserved for the important task of driving, whereas no attention may be reserved for driving when one is texting.

See original article here (link).

Some other interesting findings: in a report by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash (link) and more than 25% of teens have reported texting and driving (link).

-Posted by Ashley

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