Most crashes are the result of failure to share the road during one critical second – when two or more roadway users tried to occupy the same space at the same time.
A driver who kills a bicyclist or a pedestrian, even when not at fault, has a devastating memory that never goes away. And, if the driver was texting and at fault, there would be several years in prison. All this loss of lives, traumatic life-altering injuries, pain and suffering because of failure to control one “critical second.”
To control the critical second drivers must have three groups of habits: Awareness habits, Car Control habits, and habits that Share the Road. When drivers are texting, they are blind to the critical seconds. Take a look at this activity.
Try this On Target/Off Target Game to see how to use your vision to detect and correct a skid situation.
The Skid Monster, a vehicle with castering rear tires that is used for testing, creates at 15 mph the vehicle dynamics of 60 mph. See a driver attempting to control it while texting.