Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Pitfalls of Texting

Texting – or emailing – while driving slows reaction time and makes drivers more likely to miss a flashing light, that according to new research from Texas A&M University’s Texas Transportation Institute.

In the study, 42 drivers between the ages of 16 and 54 drove on an 11-mile test course while sending or receiving text messages, and again while focusing completely on the road. The researchers asked the drivers to stop when they saw a flashing yellow light and recorded their reaction time.

The typical reaction time without texting was between one and two seconds, but while texting it increased to three to four seconds, regardless of whether the driver was typing or reading a text. The researchers also found that a texting driver was 11 times more likely to miss the flashing light.

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