Texting while driving — is it that bad?

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In the last decade we have made many advances as a nation, as a species…none more popular than the cellphone. Phones are getting more enticing and multi-functional every year. Plus, with the invention of texting and addictive apps like Candy Crush (which I am guilty of playing myself), the number of car accidents from texting while driving has skyrocketed.

Out of the world’s estimated 7 billion people, there are at least 6 billion that have access to cellphones. Putting this in perspective, only 4.5 billion people have access to working toilets. Essentially, in a household of four people, it is likely that there are five cellphones in the home–including one for each kid and an extra cell phone for the home on top of that.  

As adults, between work and home, plays and recitals, going to the gym, visiting family and friends, movies, bowling, and everything else that we do, we spend anywhere from 100 hours to 600 hours in our cars every year. That’s a long time, and it seems that this time is somewhat boring and has caused us to want to do something else with our time (and our eyes) while on the road.

Did you know that roughly 6,000 deaths and half a million injuries are caused by distracted drivers every year? Something about finishing that text keeps our eyes down and off the road for an average of five seconds while texting behind the wheel. When traveling at 55mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field.

Check out more texting stats.

It has been shown that looking at a cellphone vastly decreases our reaction time when we’re driving. Doing so causes drivers to miss high and low relevant objects, visual cues, exits, red lights and stop signs. In fact, a texting driver is 23 times more likely to get into an accident.

So remember: the next time your phone buzzes or rings while you’re driving, just let it go until you reach your destination. Nothing is that important, and the text can wait…because no text is worth a life.

Infographic: Texting While Driving

Today’s post was written by Tiffany S. in our Ohio operations center.

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