Why is Texting(or Any Distraction) Dangerous?
To Drive Safely, You Must S.E.E.
Search (visual skill)
Evaluate (cognitive skill)
Execute (motor skills)
Driving requires you to use visual, thinking, and motor skills.
core skills your brain uses to think, read, learn, remember, reason, and pay attention. Working together, they take incoming information and move it into the bank of knowledge you use every day at school, at work, and in life.
> Ability to recognize the separate parts of objects including shape, direction, size, and color.
> Ability to separate an object from irrelevant background information
> Ability to recognize a complete object from fragmented information.
> Ability to retain information over a period of time.
the ability to perform complex muscle-and-nerve acts that produce movement; fine motor skills are small movements like writing and tying shoes, gross motor skills are large movements like walking and kicking
What Does This All Mean?
Any distraction can cause a driver to:
> Take their eyes off the road
> Take their mind off of driving
> Take their hands off the steering wheel” “
How Dangerous Is That Text?
• How long does it take you to find your phone?
• How long does it take you to unlock it?
• How longs does it take you to read that text?
• How long does it take you to text back?
So How Far Did You Travel Looking at your phone?
At 25 mph >>> 40 ft each second >>> for 7 seconds = 280 ft traveled
At 35 mph >>> 51 ft each second >>> for 7 seconds = 357 ft traveled
At 65 mph >>> 95 ft each second >>> for 7 seconds = 665 ft traveled
You drove the length of a football field…blind.