As you’re driving down the expressway, your cell phone pings, and you glance down at an incoming text message from your best friend. Next thing you know, your car slams the guardrail. The crash leaves you with a severe concussion and a serious lesson learned about distracted driving.
Even though most of us know that using a handheld cell phone while driving is dangerous, we still keep doing it. The availability of more and more of our favorite cell phone functions — texting, checking email, playing music, looking up directions, and posting on social media — poses an ever-present temptation. This is especially true for young drivers, whose adolescent minds are cognitively wired towards instant gratification. A 2015 national survey of 1,243 high school students funded by the National Institutes of Health found that 83 percent reported engaging in electronic device use while driving at least once in the last 30 days.