An event at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Thursday taught students about the dangers of distracted driving.
Organizers used a new, state-of the-art simulator to takes drivers through different exercises.
They say they want to warn people about three major distractions.
- The first is visual, when people take their eyes off the road.
- The second is manual, when people take their hands off the wheel.
- The third is cognitive, when your mind wanders elsewhere.
In the simulation, the driver is prompted to complete a series of tasks, such as reading a text message or reaching into the back seat to get a bottle of water.
In almost every instance, experts say, the simulation ends in a car crash, hitting a pedestrian, running off the road and/or another dangerous event.
They say texting is the worst distraction because it includes all three elements.
“It’s really just to remind them it only takes a few seconds. The average text takes about 4.6 seconds and when you put that in scope of driving at 55 mph thats like driving through the length of a football field blindfolded, and when you put that into perspective, it’s really scary,” said coordinator Hannah Hyun.
In Hawaii, you can face a minimum $250 fine if you’re caught texting behind the wheel.