By Stephen Schenck | December 27, 2010 8:21 PM
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.