Texting and Driving Isn't Worth Your Life!

 

There are many places where multitasking can be beneficial. Listening to your favorite music can help you through the workday, for example. Talking to your parents on the phone while doing the dishes accomplishes two tasks at once. But behind the wheel? Driving a car is a huge responsibility, and it is one place where you should most definitely avoid multitasking.

Texting and Driving

Did you know that on any given day, roughly six hundred and sixty thousand people attempt to use their phones while driving? Here are some statistics on what that can lead to:

 

  • About three hundred and thirty thousand injuries occur annually from accidents caused by texting and driving.
  • One quarter of all motor vehicle accidents here in the U.S. are caused by texting and driving.
  • Texting and driving is six times more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk!!!
  • To put it into perspective, answering a text message takes roughly five seconds on average. If you're traveling at 55 MPH, you will have traveled the length of a football field in that span of time. Imagine if you're traveling 60, 70, or 75 MPH.
  • Eleven teens die every single day as a result of texting and driving.
  • Teen drivers are four times more likely than adults to get into car accidents or near misses when talking or texting on a cell phone

 

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

The easiest solution to avoiding texting or phone-related accidents? Do not text while driving. If you must use your phone, purchase a dedicated aftermarket Bluetooth system that keeps your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel. Avoid operating the radio, navigation, or any phone-enabled functions while driving. Make a practice of organizing music playlists or using music services on your smartphone that you can set before you leave your driveway, and then leave on for the duration of your ride. Enter your directions before you drive. If you need to make any changes or adjustments to directions, if you urgently have to answer a text or call, or anything of that nature, just pull over. A text or call is never worth your life or the life of others!

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