Texting and driving, which can also be referred to as “distracted driving”, is one of the most dangerous activities you can do on the road. But unfortunately, many drivers do it! According to the Washington Post, 49% of adult drivers admit to texting and driving, with similar numbers found among teen drivers. And texting and driving isn’t the extent of the issue; distracted driving includes eating, using your phone for other uses, and attending to your children. All forms of distracted driving are dangerous, and are leading causes of motor accidents.
341,000 crashes in the U.S. in 2013 involved texting and driving. In 2012, the NHTSA reported that 18% of all fatal crashes in the U.S. were caused by texting while driving. On average, drivers take five seconds to send a text message. Five seconds of travel at highway speed will cause you to travel 300 feet.
One of the best things for adult drivers to do is to lead by example. Teens and children are highly impressionable and in many cases will follow the lead of adults. Put the phone away when you take the wheel to set a good example for younger people. Also, if you have teenage children, advise them on the risks of texting and driving.