Well, here we are. February. How are those New Year resolutions coming along, mommas?
While I have made improvements on nixing my bad habit, I haven’t completely ended it, just yet. What is the bad habit I am referring to? Texting and driving.
Eeeek. I know. It is not just a bad habit, it can be deadly and I have no room for that in my life. Especially with three little sets of eyeballs watching me from the back seat.
We recently teamed up with our sponsors at Les Jacobs Ford and they quickly reminded me how dangerous this habit is. They really care for us and want to keep us safe as we are out and about. Whether you are running to soccer practice or driving across the country, there is no room for texting and driving.
The numbers illustrating the dangers of cell phone use while driving are downright startling. In fact, at any given time throughout the day, approximately 660,000 drivers are attempting to use their phones while behind the wheel of an automobile. And I am guilty as charged.
Smartphones have made it easy for us to stay connected at all times. But that can pose serious safety risks if someone decides to check his or her text messages, emails, phone calls, or any other mobile applications while driving. Did you know?
- The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year.
- Nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving.
- 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.
- Texting while driving is 6x more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk.
- Answering a text takes away your attention for about five seconds. Traveling at 55 mph, that’s enough time to travel the length of a football field.
- Texting while driving causes a 400% increase in time spent with eyes off the road.
- Of all cell phone related tasks, texting is by far the most dangerous activity.
- 94% of drivers support a ban on texting while driving.
- 74% of drivers support a ban on hand-held cell phone use.
Remember those three little sets of eyeballs I referred to earlier that are always watching me? Well, in the blink of an eye, they will be teen drivers and the last thing I want them to do is text and drive!
A teen driver with only one additional passenger doubles the risk of getting into a fatal car accident. With two or more passengers, they are 5x as likely. Taking your eyes or mind off the road even for a moment can have disastrous consequences. Don’t risk it. Practice safe driving whenever you’re behind the wheel.
- 11 teens die every day as a result of texting while driving.
- According to a AAA poll, 94% of teen drivers acknowledge the dangers of texting and driving, but 35% admitted to doing it anyway.
- 21% of teen drivers involved in fatal accidents were distracted by their cell phones.
- Teen drivers are 4x more likely than adults to get into car crashes or near-crashes when talking or texting on a cell phone.
Individuals (including teens and you and I!) who drive while sending or reading text messages are 23 times more likely to be involved in a car crash than other drivers. A crash typically happens within an average of three seconds after a driver is distracted.
This month, we will have a weekly reminder about the dangers of texting and driving. We hope that you will join us as we strive to kick this bad habit to the curb in our own lives.
Cell phone distraction rates are alarmingly high. We hope with a little information, you’ll make the right decision when you’re on the road.