Rocky Mountain High students try texting and driving
Jennifer Auh reports on teens trying out a texting and driving simulator Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
Almost half of all American teenagers admit they text and drive, according to AAA.
One phone company is using a texting and driving simulator to show young drivers, what can happen when you make the choice to text behind the wheel.
Sitting in a real car with hands on the steering wheels, students at Rocky Mountain High tried texting and driving.
AT&T's virtual reality headset connects to a laptop and a car to simulate the most real driving experience.
Many students said it only took a few minutes to virtually crash the car. Every student agreed that the hardest part about texting and driving is multi-tasking with their mind and hands trying to do two things at once.
"It’s not safe at all. You end up paying more attention to texting then driving,” said one student.
The Mayor's Youth Advisory Council, Meridian Police and AT&T worked to put this event together.
AT&T also has an app called ‘DriveMode,’ which disables your phone's texting ability, when you're behind the wheel.
You can take a pledge NOT to text and drive, by heading over to ‘itcanwait.org.’ Just click on the “Pledge” button. Then, you can spread the word -- via Facebook, Twitter or email.