We’ve talked many times about the dangers of texting and driving, but there are still people who don’t get the point. Too many drivers think that it might be dangerous for other people but THEY can handle it.
And unfortunately many of the worst offenders are our youngest, least experienced drivers. Their youthful belief in their own invulnerability combines with their lack of experience behind the wheel to make them take stupid chances and get themselves or others killed.
The best way to convince many young drivers of the dangers of texting and driving is to let them experience it on their own, but that kind of lesson can be destructive to people and property.
One driving school in Belgium took a novel approach to this: they told student drivers that they were required to text and drive in order to pass their driving exam. This video shows what happened.
If you’re the parent of a young driver who wants an effective way to teach them the dangers of texting while driving, I’d recommend setting up a few obstacles in an empty parking lot and letting your kiddo have a texting test-drive of their own.
Or search out one of the online simulators that let drivers try it by playing some online game. The New York Times has a good one, which requires the player to control their lane with their left hand while replying to text messages with their right. Not as realistic as a real-life test drive, but less trouble and still difficult.
Even if you don’t have a young driver, give the game a try yourself.
After all, it’s not only young drivers that make the mistake of texting and driving.