I know, I know. You've heard it a thousand time. Texting while driving is bad. But no matter how many times it's been said, it is still true and still just as important today as it was the first time you heard it.
More and more, the tasks we do from day to day and even hour to hour can be managed through our smartphones. This means that we have more reason than ever to be using our phones. It becomes habit to check your phone with every blip or slight vibration. And that habit tends to follow us out onto the road. Before you know it you hear that little ding and you've got your phone in your hand and your eyes off the road.
It may only be a moment, but that moment is all takes for an accident to happen. Take a look at some of these statistics provided by Edgar Snyder & Associates:
- The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year.
- Nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving.
- 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.
- Texting while driving is 6x more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk.
We cannot express how dangerous it is to text while driving. To take the point just one step further, and maybe lighten the mood a bit, check out this video from Responsible Young Drivers.
They told a group of drivers that a new law had just passed. They would now have to prove they could handle a phone while driving to keep their license. So they jumped in a car with an instructor and gave it a try. We think you will agree with the final results the same way we do.