Don’t Be Texting While Driving
Approximately 600,000 drivers attempt to use their cellphones while behind the wheel. And of these activities, texting is the most dangerous thing they can do while driving.
Smartphones have made it easy for us to stay connected at all times. But that can pose serious safety risks if someone decides to check his or her text messages, emails, phone calls, or any other mobile applications while driving.
Below are some startling facts that we hope help you made the right decision not to use your cell phone, especially texting, while driving.
- Nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by people texting while they were driving.
- 1 out of 4 car accidents in the United States is cause by texting while driving.
- Texting is more dangerous than driving drunk. Texting while driving is 6 times more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk.
- The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 6 million crashes each year.
- 11 teens die every day as a result of texting while driving.
- 21% of teen drivers involved in fatal accidents were distracted by their cell phones while driving.
- When you answer a text, it has been determined, it takes your attention away from driving for about 5 seconds. If you are traveling at a speed of 55 mph, that is enough time to travel a distance of 100 yards, which is the length of a football field.
- Texting while driving causes a 400% increase in time spent with your eyes off the road.
Here are some additional alarming facts as it relates to being distracted while driving.
- In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in distraction – related crashes.
- About 424,000 people were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver.
- In 2013, 10% of all drivers age 15 to 19 involved in fatal accidents were reported to be distracted at the time of the crash.
In a survey completed in 2012 on distracted driving attitudes and behaviors, look what was uncovered.
- Nearly 48% of drivers admit to answering their cell phones while driving.
- Of these, 58% of these drivers continued to drive while talking on the phone.
- Of the drivers surveyed, 14% said they read text messages or emails while driving.
So when you look at all the facts above, and realize that one-fourth of all teenagers respond to at least one text message every time they are driving. As well as 10% of their parents’ report having multi-text message conversations while driving. You can easily recognize that texting while driving is possibly the most dangerous activity you can have while driving.
At USA Insurance Companies we agree with the 94% of drivers that support a ban on texting while driving. Please don’t text while you drive.
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