Car and Driver posted an interesting video on YouTube that graphically demonstrates the potential hazards associated with texting and driving.

Under controlled conditions (a closed track) reaction times and positional awareness of drivers were measured, first when driving ‘normally’, then again when texting on a cell phone, and finally when under the influence of alcohol. The results are worth watching the video for – suffice to say that the potential dangers of distracted driving are shown clearly.

Although this is a fairly un-scientific experiment, it clearly shows the risks attached to driver distraction. Although this particular demonstration focuses on texting, the use of laptops and other computer display devices in vehicles presents exactly the same dangers.

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