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Driving manual cars should become a normality to teen drivers

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Victoria Wilson, Staff Writer

It seems harmless, texting a cute video of you signing to your favorite song on the radio in the car to your friend. Your eyes are only off the road for a few seconds, at most, right? Well once you master those first few seconds, then it becomes a few more seconds and few more until your car’s flipped over on the side of the road.

According to SaferMotoring.com, driver inattention is a factor in approximately 25 percent of accidents. How can accidents like those be avoided when so many are unwilling to put their phones down while driving?

The answer isn’t restricting phone access, but rather decreasing the simplicity it takes to drive a car.

Manual transmission cars require the driver to maneuver three pedals as well as a gear shift in order to work the car. Drivers in a manual transmission car must have one hand on the steering wheel and one hand on the gear shift at all times, which leaves no possibility for phone usage when driving.

Automatic cars allow drivers too wide a margin to doze-off and create a false sense of security when trying to drive and multitask. Therefore, accidents caused by phone-related distractions are 100 percent avoidable simply by driving manual transmission cars.