I completely understand the temptation and I have been guilty on the odd occasion myself in the past. I have been lucky. Stupid and lucky. But some haven’t been so lucky, leading to tragic consequences, even close to home.
Texting and receiving text alerts (amongst other uses of your mobile phone) has long been linked to the release in to the body of the compound Dopamine (http://www.blog.theteamw.com/2009/11/07/100-things-you-should-know-about-people-8-dopamine-makes-us-addicted-to-seeking-information/) which ‘encourages’ you to act upon receiving a text or sending a text at any time, even and more worryingly so, whilst driving.
But please, at most, only make telephone calls via a proper and legal hand-free system if you are driving and under no circumstances do anything with reading or writing text messages on your mobile whilst driving.
Ideally – switch off your phone. Put it in the boot or somewhere that is inaccessible to you when driving so as to assist with any temptation you may have.
I really want to see mobile phone manufacturers and the service operators do more to limit the use of mobile phones whilst driving. Things are shifting but the sooner they become mainstream and the norm the better. Here are some interesting links on what we may expect in the not too distant future to help with the danger:
Some other useful links on the matter: