Scary Facts About Texting While Driving
Texting while driving is something most drivers have done at one point or another. There are various studies out there with stats on the percentage of people who text and drive. On the low side, the numbers show 60% or more have admitted to texting and driving at some point. On the high end, the numbers are closer to 80%.
The real problem is with people who actually think they are "good at it." I've heard morons claim they are good at driving drunk and others who boast the ability to put on makeup or shave while driving to work. But to say you're good at texting while driving is like saying you drive ok with a blind fold on. I mean, really? If true, that's a really impressive skill!
Texting While Driving Facts
In case you were wondering, yes. This is where I scare you out of doing anything other than keeping both hands on the wheel at all times! Actually, I've never been a real scary guy. So instead, here are some interesting facts by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- In 2011, at least 23% of auto collisions involved cell phones (that's 1.3 million crashes).
- In controlled studies, those who text and drive spent about 10% of their texting time outside of their driving lane.
- In another controlled study, most drivers took their eyes off the road for 3 to 5 seconds while texting. That's the length of a football field! The same study also showed that people thought their eyes were off the road for half that.
- 97% of teens say texting and driving is dangerous, yet 43% admit to doing it!
- 75% of teens say their friends text and drive. 77% say their parents text and drive.
- At any given time, approximately 1 in 5 drivers around you are reading or writing a text message (scary!).
Save A Friends Life
I'm not going to imply that you can talk all your friends out of texting while driving. I wish I had a magic phrase you could say to make that happen, but I don't. The way you can potentially save your friends life, though, is to never text them when you know they are driving. Don't send driving directions, don't send a quick "see ya soon!" - just let them drive.
Now, I'm not a real sappy kind of guy, but watch the short video below. It's pretty powerful stuff. If this video doesn't effect you, I'm not sure what that says about you as a human being! Don't be the one who sent the message which got your friend killed. This happens all too often.
Written By: Mike Rogers