Texting while driving is not safe.
You do not need us to tell you that, we are sure you’ve seen the AT&T ads and heard the PSA’s. The reason why everyone consistently relays this message is because this is a message that constantly needs to be communicated. It only takes one slip up and you might find yourself in a bad situation.
Here are some facts on texting and driving:
In 2011, 23% of automobile collisions involved a cell phone, which equals 1.3 million accidents.
The minimum amount of time you take your attention off the road while you text and drive is 5 seconds, you can equate that to driving the length of a football without setting your attention to the road.
If you text while driving, you are 23 times more likely to get into an accident. Talking and listening to a phone call creates only 1.3 times more of a risk of getting into an accident.
The law is or will eventually be against you:
10 states plus D.C prohibit drivers from using handheld cell phones, which means if you are even seen with the device in your hands, you will be ticketed. (Numbers as of June 2012)
32 states plus D.C prohibit novice drivers from using cell phones while driving. (Numbers as of June 2012)
39 states plus D.C prohibit all drivers from text messaging. (Numbers as of June 2012)
The truth is texting and driving is not worth it, no matter how important the message, your life and the life of others are at risk. We know it is a gloomy topic, but the well-being of everyone on the road is important to us and therefore you have to hear it from us as well. Do not text and drive.
Here are some tips from buyautoparts.com to avoid texting while driving:
Every time you get into your car, put your phone somewhere where you will not have access to it.
Download a mobile app that will put your phone into “drive mode” making it unusable while you are in your car driving. Ironically, the most popular app for this is AT&T’s Drive Mode.
Continuously stay informed of the dangers of the road, if there is a new app that you just want to be on all the time, make sure to stay away from it while you are on the road. Never forget the dangers of texting and driving.