Thinking of texting can increase likelihood of crashes
Just thinking about sending a text is enough to increase a young driver's likelihood of getting into an accident.
Researchers surveyed almost 400 undergraduate students at the University of Washington and found a very modest 1 percent increase in car crashes among those who spent a lot of time thinking about texting or talking on their cellphone.
A separate study of 15-to-18 year olds shows those who texted as they drove were up to eight times more likely to drift between lanes.
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