Can You Text & Drive? Test Your Skills With This Web Game

Ben Stegner 31-03-2016

While most of us can’t get enough of technology 7 Ways to Reduce Screen Time and Rest Your Eyes Staying healthy includes caring for the eyes. Vision related health problems are a real lifestyle ailment and our digital habits are promoting. The cure lies in thoughtful use of the screen. Read More , it’s important to know your limits. Texting and driving is not only illegal in many areas, it’s incredibly unsafe — when driving a vehicle, even at low speeds, a crash could result in your or someone else’s grave injury or death. It’s not a laughing matter.


If you’re not convinced of this, or are just curious how many texting actually distracts you How To Turn Off Distracting Tech Notifications Almost Anywhere These days, we're constantly barraged with email updates, system alerts, and annoying texts from hypothetical neighbors named Brad about how he got his pet chinchilla stuck in the dryer vent again. But for some reason,... Read More , there’s a little game you can play to get some data on how distractable you are. Titled Gauging Your Distraction, this mini-game from the New York Times tasks you with switching lanes constantly using six of the number keys on your keyboard.

At first you only have to focus on switching lanes, but later you’re required to tap out answers to text messages on your phone. Though they only expect one-word answers, such as “What flavor of ice cream do you want?”, it’s amazing how much tougher it is to focus when you have two things to juggle instead of one.

After three text messages, you’ll see your stats. The site shows your reaction time for texting vs. not texting, and compares that to the user average.

This game doesn’t use any sort of shock value or threatening to show the dangers of texting and driving, so it’s a great resource for someone who loves data or is just curious about this dangerous behavior. If you’re looking for a comprehensive lesson for kids or something on why texting and driving is a bad idea, you’ll have better luck with a different tool.

Texting while driving could end your life or someone else’s. It isn’t worth the risk!


Need help to keep yourself from texting in the car? Check out apps to keep you safe on the road Don't Text & Drive! 4+ Apps To Keep You Safe On The Road [Android] Using a mobile phone while driving is dangerous. We all know that. This danger is the one thing the smartness of our phones doesn’t really solve – no matter how smart they get, they still... Read More .

What were your reaction times when texting and not texting? Share your best ways to resist the temptation to text in the car with us below!

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  1. Erin
    April 1, 2016 at 9:03 am

    I just keep my phone out of reach entirely, eg in my handbag on the back seat. If I'm using the GPS, I have the holder as out of reach as practically possible. I send any texts I need to etc before I start driving and make myself unavailable for the duration of my trip. If I really need to use my phone I pull over into a side street.

    In order to prevent boredom at lights etc (many people who get caught on their phones were 'scrolling through Facebook') I have a playlist of songs I know well and can sing and 'dance' to. There is no excuse to use your phone while your car is in motion.

    • Ben Stegner
      April 6, 2016 at 3:15 pm

      I think this is a great idea, and you're absolutely right. I'm constantly amazed at how many people are paying more attention to their phones when driving, whether they're sitting at a red light or cruising along the highway at 70 MPH. It's scary.

  2. Riley Mullins
    April 1, 2016 at 12:05 am

    I watched one of the many documentaries on Germany's autobahn, the reporter, cameraman and driver were in an older Porsche doing about 150 mph (240 kph). The reporter asked the driver, how is it that we are easily doing 150 and there are not more accidents on this road? Without moving his eyes off the road, the driver replied, our cars do not have cup holders. The reporter didn't understand, the driver told him, that was a nice way of saying our cars do not have multiple American distractions built into them. The 2014 Toyota Tundra that seats 5 adults, but has 15 cups holders. If it is not cell phones, there have been other distractions prior to cell phones. To list a few the radio, other passengers, kids in the back, looking at a map, eating, smoking, adjusting seating, even other accidents, it has always been there, cell phones are an easy pick because we all have them today. We all use our cell phones while we are in our vehicles if you say you don't, you're lying to look different then others. Look up at the next red light you're at, count how many people are paying attention to their phones.

  3. Anonymous
    March 31, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    I think texting while driving should be treated like low range drink driving. As well as a fine offenders should have their license suspended for a short time, say 2 to 4 weeks.

    Repeated research shows talking or texting causes a driving impairment equal to a blood alcohol level of 0.08%