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

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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

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posted on 02 May 2012, 12:34 2

1. Mozarrt (Posts: 301; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 02 May 2012, 13:00 4

4. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)

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

posted on 02 May 2012, 13:44 7

11. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)

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

posted on 02 May 2012, 13:02 2

6. HTCFreak (Posts: 156; Member since: 17 Jul 2010)

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

posted on 02 May 2012, 13:18 2

10. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 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

posted on 02 May 2012, 12:36 6

2. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 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

posted on 02 May 2012, 12:57 2

3. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

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

posted on 02 May 2012, 13:02 3

5. shadowcell (Posts: 300; Member since: 28 Mar 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?"

posted on 02 May 2012, 13:14

9. ZayZay (Posts: 571; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)

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

posted on 02 May 2012, 13:06

7. x7black7x (Posts: 118; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)

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

posted on 02 May 2012, 13:10 2

8. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 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...

posted on 02 May 2012, 14:13 3

12. Giggity (Posts: 147; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)

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

posted on 03 May 2012, 08:47

16. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)

Haha I could see it now

"Now before you merge, take a swig of this"

posted on 02 May 2012, 15:02

13. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 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

posted on 02 May 2012, 16:28

14. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

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

posted on 02 May 2012, 21:57 1

15. indra87 (Posts: 5; Member since: 02 May 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.

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