If it's a quick text, I don't see it as being much more dangerous than fiddling with your radio station, as long as there isn't a bunch of traffic around. Have you ever seen the signs on the back of trucks that say, "If you can't see my mirrors, I can't see you? Personally, I don't understand why anyone would want to ride beside a truck at all. It blows my mind, especially when you see it's a soccer mom with a van full of kids. 50mph." They are just not paying attention to the signs. The majority of the time, if a trucker is tailgating you, you're doing something wrong. If I'm tailgating you because you're going too slow, that's a problem. If they scoot over and get out of the fast lane, mission accomplished.
Others wander into another lane because they aren't paying attention.They realize that they should worry about merging and you see the cell phone vanish. That's when a car is way over in the left-hand lane and passes right in front of you at the last second to hit an exit ramp. And you have no idea what's over there on the other side of me. You can see the road rage because I'm in the left lane going 50. They take their foot off the gas and then put it back on. If you see a truck in your rearview, the first thing you need to do is put down your phone.They put the phone down and look up at you like, "You didn't see that."I'm not one of these guys who thinks that if you're texting going down the road, you're a danger to everybody. A crotch rocket could have been whipping by me at 90mph and you would have just killed him dead. They could be doing it while they are passing the sign that says, "Trucks, left lane only. Two-thirds of accidents between a truck and a car are caused by the car. For a truck, that's the worst, but it causes problems for everybody. There was a small Winnebago that was going 10mph under the speed limit. The second thing you need to do is look at your speedometer.Aggressive drivers are known road hazards, causing one third of all traffic crashes.But inattentive or distracted driving is becoming more of a problem as people "multitask" by talking on the phone, texting or checking messages, eating, or even watching TV as they drive. But updating your defensive driving skills can help you avoid the dangers caused by other people's bad driving.