SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) - We hear about more and more driving distractions: texting, reading, eating, putting on makeup, or looking at a map on your Smartphone.
Some states have banned texting and driving, but now a California judge ruled against drivers using map and direction applications on their cell phones.
Terry Cole is a driving instructor at SATOP in Sikeston. He said he teaches his students about all the possible distractions and that it's important to pay attention to the road.
But he doesn't know if a law, like the ruling in California, to outlaw certain distractions while driving will really make a difference.
He said it's important to set a good example to friends and family, because a lot of times people can feel invincible.
Cole is a fan of products that allow drivers to keep their hands on the wheel, like a hands free ear piece to talk on the phone, and a hands free direction system.
"The lady with the awful voice tells me turn right turn left, so if nothing else parents can get their kids a TomTom, for Christmas and get their self one, I think they've come down in price, I don't know, but it's a lot cheaper than the casket," said Cole.
Cole said a lot of the kids in his driving class tell him they text and drive because they don't have to look down at the keys. But, he said they would have to take their eyes off the road to read the text, which takes 98 percent of control away from the road.
Cole encourages the students to pull over to reply or call someone back, even if it's their parents.
"So it's not just teenagers or old people, it's everybody, I just can't, I ask these people because it's not been that many years ago that we didn't have cell phones, what is so important, that you can't wait until you stop somewhere," said Cole.
Cole said there are more cars on the road now than ever before. He said it's important to pay extra attention because cars in front of you could be distracted and slam on their breaks at the last minute.