Texting & Driving: What Are the Risks?
Whether you heard it from a parent while learning to drive, saw a commercial on TV, or read it in a news article, you’ve likely heard that texting and driving is bad. The ads declaring the dangers of texting are all over the news and on billboards along major highways. Not only that, but in most states operating your phone while driving is against the law. Wherever you heard it, the message against texting while driving is loud and clear. But, what about this behavior makes it so very hazardous?
Whenever drivers use their phone, they are no longer giving the road their full attention. Anything that pulls the driver’s attention away from the road, either visually, physically, or mentally, is considered a distraction. Drivers have a certain responsibility to abide by traffic laws and use reasonable caution.
When drivers send, receive, or compose text messages, they become distracted and disregard these safety measures. If you are driving around 55 mph and you look away from the road to read a message on your phone, which typically takes around 4.6 seconds, you would end up looking away from the road for the length of an entire football field. During that time it would be easy to accidentally drift into a neighboring lane, accidentally veer off of the road entirely, or even into oncoming traffic. While looking down at your phone you might also miss an upcoming stop sign, red light, or stopped car. Any of these small oversights could have enormously damaging, if not deadly, repercussions. Regardless of how cautious drivers think they are, using a phone while behind the wheel will put both and put the driver and everyone else on the road at risk.
One study revealed that texting and driving is responsible for the loss of roughly 11 U.S. teenagers each day. Another study, conducted by The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, found that 2 out of every 5 high school students sent at least 1 text message or email while driving in the last month.
The problem is clear, and it is causing a staggering amount of harm. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, 3,477 people died in 2015 because of accidents caused by distracted driving.
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