It Can Wait!!! Know The Facts Before Texting While Driving

Slow down! Before you get behind the wheel, take a close look at texting and driving statistics in association with accidents. Nearly everyone owns a smartphone, so as a result everyone is texting. The instantaneous communication with your peers and co-workers, make the device you once talked into an addictive vice which can put your life at risk behind the wheel of a car. Before we get into the stunning statistics about texting an driving here’s some basic information.

Over 600,000 drivers use their phones while driving on a daily basis. They use them for the following:

  • Texting
  • Email
  • Phone Calls
  • Social Media

According to the National Safety Council cell phone use while driving leads to:

  • 1.6 million car accidents per year
  • Over 300,000 injuries
  • 1 out of 4 accidents are caused by texting and driving

Texting while driving increases your chances of getting into an accident 6 times more as driving while intoxicated. 

Teen Drivers

Teenagers are the most likely demographic to get into an accident. Their inexperience on the road combined with a distraction from a cell phone only increases the chances. Here are some facts about teens driving on the road:

  • Teens who text and drive increase their chance of getting into an accident by 400%.
  • According to AAA research over 20% of teen drivers involved in fatal accidents are related to cell phone use while driving.
  • If caught texting while driving a $200 fine is issued in NYS.
  • Five points are added to your license.

Prevention

All these statistics could make a driver worrisome to get behind the wheel, so here are some useful tips to avoid becoming part of the statistic:

  • Put your phone away while driving.
  • #ItCanWait. No text or call or worth risking your life over.
  • If talking is necessary, use Bluetooth.
  • If points accumulate, take the defensive driver course.

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