Distracted Driving


Megan Peterson

The idea of texting and driving is very dangerous.

By Maria Gleason, Staff Writer

Distracted driving by definition is the practice of driving a motor vehicle while engaged in another activity, typically one that involves the use of a cellular phone or other electronic device. Many people think of texting and driving when they hear the word distracted driving, but what people don’t realize is that distracted driving  is also eating, talking to other people in the car, applying makeup, adjusting the radio, and more. Ten percent of teen involved in car crashes were distracted, causing the crash hurting themselves and the people around them. Everyday 11 teens die from distracted driving but, there is no excuse for you or your passengers to be one of those eleven people. one fourth of teens will respond to a minimum of one text while driving.

Reaching for a drink causes you to take your eyes off the road long enough to get into a collision. If you just went through the drive-thru you should wait to get home to eat. If you are dying of hunger then you should just pull over, and eat because you wont be able to focus on the road. When your number one priority is to eat you wont give a second thought about your driving which is an accident waiting to happen. You could be eating a hamburger and get ketchup on your clothes your first response would be to clean it off immediately  which would distract you from watching the road.

In the car you might change the song that is playing from your phone, and that is just as bad as texting and driving because you are taking your eyes off the road. When you are in the car with your friends your more likely to get distracted by the conversation. The more people in the car the greater chance you have of getting in a wreck. If you are in the car with another person ask them to change the song because a song is not worth living the rest of your life with a feeding tube.