- Sending a text message is a visual distraction because a driver who is reading a text message is not scanning the road for hazards. In fact, he or she might not be looking at the road at all. When a car is traveling at highway speeds (55 mph), the car moves forward 81 feet per second. A driver who is not focused on the driving task can miss a great deal of information—and dramatically increase the risk of a collision—when his or her eyes are not focused on driving.
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