Even Pro Drivers Can’t Text and Drive

by fstrack | July 30th, 2009

Today it is clearer than ever, distracted drivers are responsible for accidents.  Technology in todays autos range from navigation systems to ipods and cell phones. Each of these devices take the drivers focus off the road.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says distracted drivers account for nearly four out of five crashes in the U.S. The latest group to help educate those convinced they can text and drive – NASCAR drivers. Using simulators the drivers attempted to text and drive…most crashed.

“Drivers today are faced with more distractions than ever before, and diverting their attention away from the road with cell phone calls and text messages creates a very dangerous situation,” said Kyle Petty. “It is important to learn about the risks associated with distracted driving. If we can raise awareness on this particular subject, I believe we can save lives.”

Nationwide Insurance sponsored the drivers and from their 2008 report claim 40% of the teenagers and young adults surveyed admitted they send and receive text messages while driving – the same percentage of those questioned who said they have been hit or almost hit by another car whose driver was talking on a cell phone.

If professional NASCAR drivers can’t text and drive, it should be no surprise neither can anyone else! Drivers let us do our part,  limit our distractions and put 100% focus on the road.