Test shows driving while texting slows reactions more than being drunk

Test shows driving while texting slows reactions more than being drunk
Car and Driver magazine conducted a test to objectively measure the effects of driving while sending and reading a text message, and compared the results to the figures obtained by driving while intoxicated. Two drivers drove a Honda Pilot in a straight line and were told to hit the breaks immediately when a light flashed on the dashboard. That test resulted in baseline numbers that were needed to measure the effects of texting and drinking on reaction time.

One driver going 35mph took an extra 21 feet to hit the brake while reading a text message and 16 extra feet while typing a message. At 70mph, reading a text required 30 extra feet to stop and 31 feet while composing a text. While intoxicated, the stop at 35mph required 7 extra feet and 15 feet extra was noted at 70 mph.

The second driver, the magazine's Editor-in-Chief, needed 188 extra feet to brake the car at 35 mph while reading a message and 90 feet while typing; intoxicated, the figures were 7 feet and 15 feet respectively.

While the numbers show that being intoxicated resulted in quicker stopping times than texting, the former resulted in unintentional lane changes and less control of the vehicle. A recent survey showed that 25% of those responding admitted to texting while driving a car. The entire story can be found in this month's Car and Driver magazine.

source: CNET


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13 Comments

1. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

wow.....see now that says something lol

2. jrg11

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 12, 2009

.....so if I can drive great while texting, I guess that means I'll be an exceptional drunk driver right?

12. yourmom07

Posts: 66; Member since: Apr 07, 2009

NO YOU MORON WHAT COULD POSSIBLY BE THAT GOT DAMN IMPORTANT THAT YOU HAVE TO TEXT WHILE YOU DRIVE?? IF IT ISN'T AN EMERGENCY I DON'T THINK PEOPLE SHOULD BE ON THEIR PHONES WHILE DRIVING I KNOW I GET PISSED WHEN I'M DRIVING AND OTHER DRIVERS DO STUPID MOVES AND ALMOST HIT ME BECAUSE THEY'RE ON THEIR PHONES THEY'RE JUST AS BAD AS ELDERLY DRIVERS

13. jrg11

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 12, 2009

as an ederly person I am deeply offended by your racism

3. LGVX1993

Posts: 260; Member since: Jan 27, 2009

You shouldnt have to send a message to anyone while driving.

4. jskrenes

Posts: 209; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Yeah, but what if you're drinking?

7. LGVX1993

Posts: 260; Member since: Jan 27, 2009

you shouldnt be drinking either.

10. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

well you can drink you just can't be over .08.

5. elgee02

Posts: 28; Member since: Jan 26, 2009

...as reported in "Duh!" magazine.

6. joolian

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 25, 2008

wouldnt that be obvious ? at least when your drunk your paying attention to the road,

8. Pr0cl1v1ty

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 26, 2008

i text all the time while im driving but only when theres no cars around, and i dont send a whole sentence i hit like one or two letters then look up then one or two more letters, also i only do it on straight -a-ways

9. jaymee520

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

i text all the time... but only when i am stopped at stoplights... qwerty phones are perfect to text on cause its all fast.! " dont drink and drive... you might hit a bump and spill your drink.... Dont drive and text... you might hit a bump and hit the wrong letter"

11. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Honestly if I got hit in my car from a driver whether by "drinking" or by "text" and my kids were in the car, I'd beat the tar out of who ever hit me regardless of "influence"...When your in the car, operate the damn vehicle....Save the other crap when your not endangering anyone else.

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