When you text and drive at the same time, you are bringing together a lethal combination. All of us at some point are actually guilty or have been tempted, at least, of doing it. After all the urge to slip our hands off the steering wheel to take a quick peek at that message is really irresistible sometimes. The CDC lists car crashes as the leading cause of death for teens and young drivers. Having divided attention on the road for drivers is a dangerous situation and more so for inexperienced or young drivers. With that fact in mind, all drivers must avoid texting while driving in order to minimize risks.
Let’s have a look at some of their findings and statistics:
The dangers of texting and driving can be a little bit hard to grasp so it’s best to take a look at these facts in order to know and understand this hazardous habit.
- In 2014, 26% of all car crashes involved cell phone use.
- About 9 people are killed every day due to distracted driving.
- Over 1,000 people are injured every day because of distracted driving
- In 2015, 42% of teens say they have texted while driving. Texting while driving is the leading cause of death among teens.
As you could see, texting and driving are a very lethal combination that has serious consequences that lead to injury or even death.
It isn’t safe for anyone (not just teens) to text and drive, however teens are more vulnerable to the risks because they are still learning driving skills. This doesn’t mean that adults can make this a habit because this poses a real danger even for more experienced drivers.
The mere fact that texting and driving combines all types of driving distractions makes it dangerous for all drivers.
- Visual – takes your eyes off the road.
- Manual – takes your hands off the wheel.
- Cognitive – takes your focus away from safe driving.
Texting while Driving is Illegal
The rise of smartphones and social media made more and more people (especially millennials) prefer to use their phone for communication. This why majority of U.S. states have passed laws to minimize the risks and hazards, and also to be able to keep up with the increasing number of texting and driving.
Here are some of the penalties of texting and driving:
- Hefty fines
- License suspension
- Rise in auto insurance rates
The next time you want to pick up that phone while driving, go and ask yourself if it is worth the risk. Is it worth paying all those fines, license suspension, paying for more insurance, and risking your freedom? Even worse, is it worth the emotional, mental, and physical damage it can cause to all that are involved?
Just a quick fact: texting while driving could put you at an even higher risk of a crash than drinking and driving.
Break the Bad Habit
Consider installing apps designed to combat distracted driving on your smartphone. These apps can help you fight this by:
- Sending you notifications
- Blocking texts and calls from coming in
- Tracking the miles your teen has driven without incident
- Rewarding your teen for hitting safe driving milestones
If you are a parent, nothing beats setting a good example to your kids. If you need to send a text, make sure to pull over to a safe place before using your phone.
If you are in a car with someone who’s texting while driving, tell them to stop without hesitation. Tell them the facts if necessary — they are putting not only themselves in danger but also you and other passengers.