Belgian driving school tell students to text while driving in order to pass and get their license

Belgian driving school tell students to text while driving in order to pass and get their license
Nowadays, student drivers have a lot more to worry about while driving, as they can be distracted by a multitude of things both inside and out of the car. As we’ve seen in the last decade, texting has exploded amongst mobile phone users, and as we’ve seen, it can have some fatal consequences as well.

Do you happen to remember your first driving test to obtain your license? Of course, most people remember that, but for these new students in Belgian driving school, they got the surprise of their lives when they’re told about something entirely unexpected. Well, the non-profit organization called Responsible Young  Drivers told new driving students that they needed to prove themselves while being “able to use a mobile phone while driving.

Certainly, you can imagine the thoughts going inside of their heads, but nonetheless, they comply with the request – so they can pass the test naturally. As the video shows, texting while driving simply amounts to nothing more than downright distracted driving. There’s no arguing the perils surrounding texting while driving, and as we see in the video, students are at a mess while trying to drive. From hitting cones to abruptly hitting the brakes to avoid obstacles, it’s actually a good lesson to show people the dangers behind distracted driving.

source: YouTube via Gizmodo & Textually



15. indra87

Posts: 5; Member since: May 02, 2012

I've been texting while driving since 6 years ago -.-. I usually take 3 seconds to read the message, then reply the message without looking at my phone. Of course, before that I've reduced my speed and check in each side of the road. (Try to predict if it's okay to keep accelerating for 5 seconds, it's easy). If I need more time to read the message, I just stopped reading after 3 seconds, then looked at the road and continue reading again. My sis can even wear her makeup and make a call at the same time while driving. My father can control the steering wheel with only his thigh. And my uncle who has only one hand can drive while making a call too, he hold his phone to his ear by using his shoulder. And all of them are using a manual car. Something is wrong with all of you guys.. :p Oh yeah, I use a phone with a physical keypad as my primary phone and a touchscreen phone for my secondary phone. Why? There is a good reason for that if you are texting while driving, and if you think that my family can do that all the time while driving, then that's why you are getting an accident. And about the above video, if only texting, I can do it easily without looking at my phone.

14. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Belgian instructures must be very very high to tell the students to TEXT N DRIVE. How fcking stupid

13. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

While I understand the motive, I think there'd be a better way of doing this, such as blasting the radio, having passengers wrestle in the back seat, having the front passenger physically annoy the driver, something that's more abrupt and less controllable than a phone. Keep the phones away when driving

12. Giggity

Posts: 147; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Has there any driving school start training kids to drive with booze behind the wheel yet?

16. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

Haha I could see it now "Now before you merge, take a swig of this"

8. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 2011

Looks like a good prevention video but sadly nothing will stop texting while driving until we start suspending licenses in all 50 states. I know this because I text while driving...

7. x7black7x

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

i have a good ol' voice command system on my android don't need to play all the time with the keyboard

3. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

They driving stick shift vehicles? They would be interesting....

5. shadowcell

Posts: 300; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

I knew someone who could hold a cell phone while driving stick. When I saw I knew, I mean't he no longer exists. "To shreds you say?"

9. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

If I could give the "To shreds you say?" more thumbs up, I would.

2. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"You must prove you're able to use your mobile phone while driving." Maybe next time you will have to prove that you are able to drive a car while you are drunk? LOL! :D

1. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Suprised driving is even possible in Belgium with the crappy roads they have.

4. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

If you think there are crappy roads at Belgium, come try driving in Saudi Arabia.

11. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Belgium has bad roads??? Please. I got you all beat!!! I drove in Iraq for 3 years...

6. HTCFreak

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 17, 2010

They invest a lot in their roads and they almost have the best roads in europe, seriously... :)

10. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

The Belgian roads are in good condition and they have light all night. With your name you must be from Austria where they think they are the master race of humanity ? The idea to force to text is good as you learn better from your mistakes

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