Teen-led Study Looks at Texting while Driving
A common question we get asked here at Impact Teen Drivers is along the lines of "Wouldn't it be safer to text with the phone up by the wheel instead of trying to hide the phone because of the cell phone laws?"
A teen-led study was presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in April 2012. Using a simulator, teens drove with no distractions, while texting with the phone hidden, and while texting with the phone in any position the teen driver chose. In both texting scenarios, teens were more likely drift or have a near collision than when driving without a distraction. "These data demonstrate that there is no 'safe' or 'better' position that makes texting less dangerous," said Glade Inhofe, high school student and lead author of the study.
A distraction is a distraction! Texting is never a safe decision behind the wheel. Read more at Science Daily