Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. If you were driving 55mph, it is the same as driving the entire length of a football field, blind. In that amount of time, the vehicle in front of you could have hit their brakes, an animal could have entered the roadway, or could veer off the road and strike a pedestrian. No text is worth a lifetime of regret, and no text is worth your life.
- At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010.
- For drivers 15-19 years old involved in fatal crashes, 21 percent of the distracted drivers were distracted by the use of cell phones. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted.
- In 2012 an estimated 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver, this was a 9% increase from the estimated 387,000 people injured in 2011.
- A quarter of teens respond to a text message once or more every time they drive. 20 percent of teens and 10 percent of parents admit that they have extended, multi-message text conversations while driving.
Blue Tooth Technology
Blue tooth is a short wave wireless signal used to transmit audio from your cell phone to another device. Many newer vehicles are being produced with this technology to speak right through your vehicle’s audio system. Other devices are available as add-ons to add blue tooth capability to your existing vehicle like Blue Ant’s Commute device. And with Apple’s Siri and other text to talk applications, you can have that text read to you while keeping your eyes on the road.
Source: After Car Accidents