Essay on Texting and Driving
Texting while driving is one of the worrying trends in society, both teenagers and adults have developed a habit of using cell phones while driving. Texting while driving causes distraction and increases their chances of getting involved in car accidents. Such concerns have been raised by various government authorities, in trying to prevent such occurrences new laws have been enacted making cell phone use in cars illegal. However, not many people follow these laws, most people text and drive, assuming that they can pay attention to other cars. You often see people, texting or going through their phone while driving
Cell phone use while driving is the major cause of the fatal accidents, leading to several deaths. Despite these concerns, people are still fixated on their phones that are dangerous to not only the driver but also other road users. Distraction on the road is caused by teenagers who have confidence that they can text or talk on the phone while driving. More than 5,000 people have died last year due to text driving; these accidents are mostly caused by teenagers under the age of 21 years.
These new laws need to ban texting and driving for everyone not just young drivers because texting and driving have a similar effect on everyone. There should be no objection to laws for texting while driving. Each state needs to have similar laws against texting while driving. Punishment for those found texting while driving should be stiffened to push people to dig deeper into their pockets to pay more. Fine alone is not enough; stricter regulation should include license suspension to make people keep off their phones while driving. When you are driving you’re not driving for yourself, you’re driving for others. That’s why it’s so important to be alert and aware of your surrounding while driving to not only keep you safe but others on the road.
Talking while driving is the main distraction for drivers because it deals with your mind focusing on what you are saying rather than paying attention to what you are seeing on the road. You shouldn’t be on the phone or talking to passengers in the car while driving, listening to music, or changing the radio station is a dangerous distraction for drivers. New technology allows you to make calls emails and send text messages over a voice activator, which makes its easier for drives to get distracted. That falls in with messing with your GPS while driving, you’re trying to put the address and drive at the same time or look to see what turn to make. To prevent that try putting in the address before leaving your driveway or have a passenger in the car plugin in for you.
Another reason why drivers get distracted while driving is because both hands are not on the wheel, there trying to drink and eat all while driving. Instead of eating and drinking while you drive try to eating and drinking before you get in the car or while you’re at a stop light. You have a accident spill coffee on your shirt or you drop your muffin on the floor now you’re trying to pick it up while attempting to keep your eyes on the road, that’s a accident waiting to happen. When you are driving your not just driving for yourself your driving for others as well that’s why it’s important to to be vigilant while driving, we have to prevent being a statistic when being distracted while driving.