Gauging Your Distraction- A Game to Show Students the Danger of Texting While Driving

by Kelly Hickman

This news article describes an interactive driving game that is recommended for teen drivers or aspiring drivers. New studies show that drivers overestimate their ability to multitask while behind the wheel.The game measures how your reaction time is affected by external distractions. The game requires players to try to read and reply to three text messages while navigating through lanes of traffic. At the start of the game, players simply have to navigate a car through lanes of the highway. However, once this is mastered, a text message will appear on the screen that players have to read and reply to while “driving.” The game ends after three text messages have been sent.“Gauging Your Distraction” is an excellent activity to incorporate into driver training programs. The beginning of the game is easy, which builds a player’s confidence. The game gets tricky when a player’s confidence is high, similarly to a teen driver’s confidence in texting and driving in real life. Much like in real life, a student might think, “I’ve got this,” when they really don’t have the control that they think they have.gauging distraction

This game teaches students/teen drivers not only that texting and driving is highly unsafe, but also that they are not invincible! Accidents happen,even when you think you have total control. Human nature shows that people think that they are better at multitasking than they actually are.Although this is a game simulator, it teaches students and teen drivers that real life accidents can occur and can have tragic repercussions. This game hopefully, avoids any accidents before they occur.

This news will affect young children and their families by keeping drivers educated and responsible. By keeping drivers informed and responsible, we are potentially saving young children along with their family’s lives. This news’ intentions are to educate hazardous, unsafe drivers on the dangers of texting and driving in order to protect the lives of innocent children and families who are also out on the roads.

This news will influence Early Childhood Education by keeping young children safe (as stated above), in order to continue their development and learning through their Early Childhood Education programs.

Our guest blogger is Kelly Hickman

“My name is Kelly Hickman. I am 21 years old and am a transfer student here at Towson University. I do not have much experience blogging, but I have done quite a bit through this course and am thoroughly enjoying it!”




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