Text Messaging And Driving Are Hazardous To Your Health

July 29, 2009

A Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study called for a law prohibiting text messaging while driving, concluding that doing both at the same time can increase the risk of a crash by 23 times.

The VTTIs study, which surveyed drivers over six million miles of road, found that manual manipulation of cell phones, such as dialing and text messaging, produced the highest risk for drivers of all vehicle types. Text messaging, however, was deemed the most dangerous of all cell phone-related activity, leading to a 23-fold risk of a crash for drivers of heavy vehicles or trucks.

VTTI’s research concluded that text messaging resulted in the longest duration of time that eyes were off the road, averaging more than 4.6 seconds over a 6-second interval, which is equal to a driver traveling the length of a football field at 55 miles per hour without looking at the roadway.

The study also found that listening or talking on a cell phone while behind the wheel increased a driver’s risk only slightly in light vehicles and not at all for trucks, largely due to the fact that talking or listening allowed drivers to maintain eye contact with the road.

The study, which noted that several recent high visibility trucking and transit crashes have been directly linked to texting from a cell phone, aimed to clear up misconceptions about cell phone use and driving under real world circumstances, researchers said.

“Given recent catastrophic crash events and disturbing trends, there is an alarming amount of misinformation and confusion regarding cell phone and texting use while behind the wheel of a vehicle. The findings from our research at VTTI can help begin to clear up these misconceptions as it is based on real world driving data,” said Tom Dingus, VTTI director, in a statement. “We conduct transportation safety research in an effort to equip the public with information that can save lives.”

In light of the study’s findings, researchers called for a ban on text messaging while driving, and a ban on all cell phone activity for teen drivers.

“This cell phone task has the potential to create a true crash epidemic if texting type tasks continue to grow in popularity and the generation of frequent text message senders reach driving age in large numbers,” the VTTI researchers wrote.


How to charge your mobile phone battery with peepal leaves

July 21, 2008

It’s a very true but strange technique to charge your mobile battery.  

Its been found that you don’t only require any mobile charger to charge the mobiles. You just need a green leaf of peepal tree and your mobile battery will be fully charged. Yes it is true. 

When people came to know about this development, they started testing it and found very successful and encouraging results. If your mobile phone’s battery is discharged and if you’re inside a jungle (I know this is rare) and you don’t have your mobile charger, then you have a very unique way to charge your mobile battery. Just pluck 2 peepal leaves and then you’re done. 

It’s a brilliant idea and an easy one at that to charge your mobile battery. You must open your cell battery and then connect it with the peepal leaf.  Without shaking the mobile set, set the battery in your mobile set. After few minutes you will be amazed to see that your mobile battery will be charged. 

Although it is unbelievable but as soon as the Chitrakoot residents came to know this discovery they felt disbelief. But after practically testing it, the incident proved it was true. 

Now 100’s of mobile phone holders use this technique for charging their mobiles. 

A lot of people including Sushil Kumar Shukla, Santosh Verma, principal of Mahatma Gandhi School, Raj Karan Patel, Shyam Patel, Shekhar Dwivedi, Pramod Gupta, Manager of Gayatri temple, RN Tripathi proved that this technique was true. 

According to the botanists, its just changing mutual energy into electrical energy power can be saved in battery. Similarly, its also possible. They said that it’s a subject of research.

Here again are the steps-by-step guide to charge your mobile phone battery using a peepal leaf :

1- Just remove open your mobile cover
2- Take out your battery from the mobile
3- Take 2-3 fresh leaves of peepal/pipal/ashwattha tree
4- Now touch the stub of these leaves on your mobile battery terminal for nearly a minute
5- Then clean the mobile phone battery terminal with a soft cloth
6- Put your mobile battery again in your mobile and switch it on
7- Now check out the result
8- If needed repeat the process with fresh leaves