Knowing What Can Happen When You Text and Drive
Distracted driving means operating a vehicle while engaged in a secondary activity, such as eating, reading a map, or texting on a cellphone. While glancing at your cell phone for a few seconds may seem inconsequential, emergency care providers often treat automobile accident victims who were injured as a result of cell phone usage while behind the wheel. Furthermore, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that approximately 660,000 drivers are using cellphones or other electronic devices while driving at any given time during the day, making texting and driving a serious and widespread issue that is important to address within your family.
The Dangers of Texting and Driving
Texting while driving is so dangerous because it takes your eyes and your concentration off the road for vital periods of time. Even though you may think it doesn’t take long to check or send a text, averting your eyes from the road for just five seconds while traveling at 55 mph allows your car to travel the length of a football field without your attention on the road. In 2014, distracted driving—including driving while texting—was responsible for 431,000 injuries and 3,179 deaths.
Prevention of Texting and Driving
In today’s fast-paced world, it can be difficult to disconnect even for a short while. However, there are many ways to ensure that drivers refrain from texting while driving for safety. Placing your cell phone in the backseat is a simple way to ensure it is out of reach so you won’t feel tempted to check your texts while behind the wheel. Alternatively, there are several apps available that pair a motion detector with your cell phone to turn off texting capabilities while the car is in motion.
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