In 2011, at least 23% of auto collisions involved cell phones. That is 1.3 million crashes that could have been prevented if the person had not taken that call or sent that text message. The minimal amount of time your attention is taken away from the road when you’re texting and driving is 5 seconds.
5 seconds doesn’t seem like a long period of time, but think about what can happen in 5 seconds. For example, if you are doing 45 miles per hour, your car can travel over 100 yards (or 300 feet). You are traveling the length of a football field without looking at the road. If the car in front of you slows down or hesitates in any way, you are in trouble (and in a collision) that was preventable.
It’s like driving while intoxicated without the alcohol!
If you are sending a text, you are 23% more likely to have a collision. Is it really worth the risk?
It that text message or phone call really that important? Why not let the message go to voice mail until you can pull into a parking lot and return the call? Or just turn off the phone when you are in the car to avoid the temptation.
If you need to send a text message, why not pull into a parking lot so you can pay attention to what you are texting without putting other people’s lives in danger?
So, think about it before you make a call, answer a call or text while you are driving. I know you think you are paying attention and can multi-task. But, the truth is, you can’t. Over half of teen drivers on the road today think they can text and drive. But they can’t. And some even surf the web while they’re driving. Is it worth the risk?
Not only could you endanger another life (or your own), your insurance rates will likely go up as a result of having an accident while texting or talking on the phone. So it will cost you money.
I hope this short post will prevent at least one person from texting and driving. What are your thoughts?