The Dangers of Distracted Driving
The Doctor’s did a show called “Are You a Ticking Time Bomb?” about changing dangerous lifestyle habits, starting with a health scare experiment about distracted driving. Distracted driving is doing anything while driving that may take your attention away from the task at hand: eating, texting, talking on the phone, putting on makeup and even changing the radio station. Dr. Lisa Masterson even admitted to changing clothes while driving to which Dr. Travis Stork joked that’s more of a distraction for the guy driving by her witnessing her mid-change.
Despite the jovial nature of that exchange, the doctors quickly shifted gears and warned of the grave importance of not driving distracted by reminding everyone that it doesn’t just effect you, it effects everyone else on the road. Even if you miraculously walk away from an accident scratch free, someone else may die and you’ll have to live with that for the rest of your life.
The Doctors Health Scare Experiment: Distracted Driving
Next we meet Melody and Justin, the participants in the first health scare experiment. Melody is worried about her husband, Justin’s driving habits. While driving, he’s constantly on the phone, usually texting or emailing. He’s not alone. 71% of people aged 18-49 admit to talking on the phone while driving. He also doesn’t wear a seatbelt. Men are 10% less likely to wear a seatbelt. Melody is worried he’ll re-injure an old football injury and end up paralyzed. She’s worried about how that would affect the family. Justin doesn’t understand her concern. He thinks he’s a good driver and therefore has no reason to think twice about his habits.
The Doctors: Texting While Driving Dangers
This takes us into a video of the health scare experiment. Justin is blindfolded and put into an accident simulation. They take off his blindfold and have police and paramedics show up. They perform as they would in case of a real accident. They do tests on him, assess his immediate injuries and place him in an ambulance as they call his wife out to the accident scene.