Last week, we blogged about a tragic and fatal car accident that was caused by texting and driving. A teenage driver was driving and texting at night. The teenage driver spotted a pedestrian crossing the road but recognized the pedestrian too late. The driver’s attempt to swerve failed and killed the pedestrian. Had the driver not been texting, the car accident may not have happened. This week we have another story that illustrates the dangers of texting and driving. Two guys from Car and Driver magazine tested the thesis of whether texting while driving was more dangerous than drinking and driving. According to Car and Driver, which was more dangerous?
Car and Driver found that texting and driving was more dangerous than drinking and driving. The creators of the experiment used GPS and a data logger to record the speed of the test vehicle, brake-pedal position, and steering angle. A faux brake light was installed on the windshield of the car to imitate a breaking car. Every time the fake brake light turned on, the driver was supposed to apply the brakes. Car and Driver tested two drivers; one young and one old. Both drivers ran test routes that measured their reaction times without interference and then routes that measured their reaction times texting and driving and drinking and driving. The drivers’ texting and driving results were compared to their own original results.
The performance of the young driver showed he was a more dangerous driving while texting. His reaction time traveling at 35 miles per hour without interference was 0.45 seconds. His reaction while reading a text was 0.57, and his reaction time while writing a text was 0.52. His reaction time while impaired was 0.46 seconds. The pattern of the older driver was similar. His base reaction time was 0.57 seconds. His reaction time while reading a text was 1.44 seconds, and his reaction time while texting was 1.36 seconds. When impaired, the older driver’s reaction time was 0.64 seconds.
The reaction numbers can also be calculated to demonstrate how much further the driver’s traveled before stopping. According to Car and Driver, it would take both drivers longer to stop while texting. The lesson? To prevent car accidents, drivers should be clear of distractions while behind the wheel, and should obviously not drink and drive.
Car accidents in Flint, Michigan can occur at any time and it’s important to receive help with them.