If you want to convince kids (or adults for that matter) that texting while driving is dangerous, what is the best way? You can read them statistics, show them gruesome videos or death-scene photos … but all of that is a bit dry and academic.
Why not put them through tests and tell them that by a new rule they need to prove competency at texting while driving in order to get their license! That is what a group in Belgium called ‘Responsible Young Drivers’ did, videotaping the results of several drivers as they attempted to text while driving a test course. The results – and obvious frustration on the part of the young drivers – was very telling.
The Belgian organization Responsible Young Drivers (RYD) confronted the issue of texting while driving by telling student drivers they would have to pass a test on their texting while driving skills, and then recorded their attempts. The results are a lesson for all of us.