Texting and Driving

Distracted driving is dangerous for everyone on the road, especially you. And if you text while you drive, you are 23 times more likely to get in a crash than a non-texting driver, according to the ADCouncil.

Dangers of Driving and Texting

Technology and global connection are at our fingertips anytime we need these days, but devices like smartphones and cell phones take our attention off of driving. Talking on a handheld phone is banned in 10 states and text messaging is banned in 41 states, and for good reason.

  • In 2010, driver distraction was the cause of 18 percent of all fatal car crashes and crashes resulting in an injury, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

  • Eleven percent of drivers 18 to 20 who were in an accident and survived admitted to sending or receiving texts when they crashed

  • Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity needed for driving by 37 percent, according to Carnegie Mellon.

Young drivers are at an especially high risk, as inexperienced drivers, of dangerous scenarios with phones and driving.

  • Seventy-five percent of U.S. drivers age 18 to 29 reported that they talked on their cell phone while driving at least once in the past 30 days, and nearly 40 percent reported that they talk on their cell phone “regularly” or “fairly often” while driving, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Preventing Driving and Texting

It’s hard not to pick up the phone when it rings or chimes that someone is calling or sending a message. The best way to prevent cell phone distraction on the road is to leave your phone in your purse or pocket while driving, even hands-free devices have negative impacts on driving.

If leaving your phone at home isn’t an option for you, try these apps from major carriers for your smartphone to stay away from texts, emails and calls while on the road.

Some cell phone carriers offer apps for smartphones that prevent drivers from receiving calls, texts and other distractions while driving. Senders can receive a polite message in some cases, stating the receiver is currently on the road.

No matter what service you have, the important part is to be responsible and keep your eyes on the road. It takes about 4.6 seconds to glance down at your phone and messages – the equivalent of a football field length of road at 55 mph.