|Published:||Sep 17, 2013 7:48 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 17, 2013 1:00 PM EDT|
NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - Statistics show texting while driving makes you 23 times more likely to crash. Tuesday, students at North Fort myers high school are being taught a valuable lesson on the dangers of distracted driving.
Car crashes, running off the road, nearly hitting a pedestrian. It's all part of this virtual journey that's teaching these future drivers a very real lesson.
"You're 23 times more times likely to have an accident while you're texting and driving," says Kevin Greenwell with Allstate.
Something sophomore courtney davis knows first hand thanks to Allstate's driving simiulator.
"It's really dangerous because you can just hit someone in a split second. I didn't even know I was going to rear end somebody," says Courtney Davis.
Students start with a survey and predict how well they think they'll drive. They get behind the wheel wearing virtual reality goggles and try to drive through intersections, yield to pedestrians and follow traffic signals all while theyre texting.
"It was harder than I thought," says Duncan Strawbridge.
"When you get out I think it's eye opening as to how difficult it is and how scary it is to be going 45, 50 miles an hour and not even looking at the road," Greenwell adds.
In the end, every student made a promise to always keep both eyes on the road and enever text and drive.
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