Texting is an easy way to communicate quickly, but it has its place. Texting should never be done in a car by the driver. People’s lives are so precious; we can fix cars, but not people.
Although many states in the US have passed laws regarding cell phone use while driving, we see many accidents and fatalities that involve texting while driving. Safe Driving Tips are easy to come across, the problem lies within following them- One million people chat and text while driving each day.
Young adults live in a connected world where multitasking is the norm. This manifests in the car where they recognize texting and driving is dangerous, but do it anyway. The average text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for nearly five seconds. When traveling at 55mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field.
- Reaction time of a driver is reduced by 20% when they are on their cell phone.
- Cell phones aren’t the only thing that cause driver distractions- eating, applying makeup, using other electronic devices (GPS, MP3, iPads, est.), and interacting with passengers also potentially fatal distractions.
- Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field.
- A texting driver is 23 times more likely to get into an accident than a non-texting driver.
Of those killed in distracted-driving-related crashed, 995 involved reports of a cell phone as a distraction (18% of fatalities in distraction-related crashes)
Safe Driving Tips:
- Don’t Text or Talk While Driving
- Don’t Drive Drunk
- Avoid Distractions
- Designate a texter
- Don’t Drive Tired
- Defensive Driving- Watch out for other distracted drivers
- Keep Your Vehicle Safe
- Wear Your Seatbelt
- Know Your Surroundings
- Don’t Tailgate
- Use your Turnsignals
- Be mindful of weather and traffic conditions