I cannot over emphasize this very important message (and if you haven’t already, watch my video on this same topic). Please check out a recent study performed by the editorial staff at Car & Driver Magazine. Rigging a car with a red light to alert drivers when to brake, the magazine tested how long it takes to hit the brake when sober, when legally drunk at .08, when reading and e-mail, and when sending a text. The results are scary. Driving 70 miles per hour on a deserted air strip, Car & Driver editor Eddie Alterman was slower reacting and slower braking when e-mailing and texting than when under the influence of alcohol.
- Unimpaired: .54 seconds to brake
- Legally drunk: add 4 feet
- Reading e-mail: add 36 feet
- Sending a text: add 70 feet
The results itself are sobering. It only takes a second for a life altering event to occur. I have read many reports indicating that a car can travel the length of a football field in the time it takes a driver to write and send a text message. It is quite scary to think of the amount of drivers on the road who are operating their automobiles without due caution for other drivers on the road.
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