AT&T Warns of Dangers of Texting While Driving; What About Apps?

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AT&T has released a sobering video warning of the dangers of text messaging while driving, hoping to educate phone users and save a few lives.

“The Last Text” features interviews with people whose lives have been directly impacted by the consequences of driving distracted. While some people lost their lives as a result of accidents with text messaging as a contributing factor, others have to live on with debilitating injuries.

Even if you think you’re a texting pro, being distracted from the road for even a moment can be long enough to start a chain of events leading to a devastating crash. AT&T’s video makes it clear that texting alone is more than enough to cause these distractions, but what about apps? While you may think that you can glance at your smartphone and tap the screen a few times as quickly as you’d change a radio station, the risk remains.

The blurring lines between your phone and other devices can make this threat creep up on you; if you’re already using your phone as a GPS navigator, why not also check out Yelp while you’re driving to find a place to stop and eat? Why not listen to some Pandora? The more apps you’re tempted to use while driving, the greater the chance for distraction.

Keep yourself, your passengers, and other motorists safe by not using your smartphone while driving. Hands-free is a great option for voice calls, but save the texting and app-use for when you’re stopped.

Source: AT&T

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!