Don’t Text and Drive

Of all of the dangerous behaviors that a person can engage in when behind the wheel of a car, texting while driving is at the top of the list. Texting while driving takes a person’s attention off of the road and the act of safe driving, and is a top cause of accidents on American roadways every year. Here are some facts you need to know about why you should never text and drive:

Texting and Driving One of the Most Worrisome Types of Distracted Driving

Texting while driving is one of the most worrisome types of distracted driving, because texting while driving takes a person’s eyes off of the road for an average of five full seconds. The NHTSA explains that when traveling at 55 miles per hour, that is the equivalent of driving the length of a football field with closed eyes.

It is estimated that during daylight hours, there are approximately 660,000 people who are using cellphones while operating their cars. In the year 2015, there were nearly 3,500 people killed in accidents involving distracted drivers, many of whom were using cellphones at the time of collision, and nearly 400,000 people injured.

It is also important to note that many may think that texting and driving only occurs in young people, but that is not the case. Drivers of all ages are guilty of distracted driving. We are all tempted to send that short text letting someone know when we will be arriving or to share the latest piece of gossip, but it is not worth it. You are not only putting yourself and your passengers at risk but the other motorists on the road.

Let’s also remember that distracted driving takes many forms beyond texting, including changing the radio station, applying makeup, eating a quick meal and much more. At the end of the day, if the activity is going to take your concentration off the road, you should safely move over to the side of the street to complete the task. It may take a few extra minutes, but it will make the highway safer for everyone.

Be Safe and Do the Smart Thing

Texting while driving can be tempting – people in today’s modern world often feel the urge to be continuously connected. However, texting while driving is extremely dangerous, and can lead to tragic accidents that end lives. Next time you get behind the wheel, do the smart thing and put your cellphone out of sight and out of mind.