If you thought drinking and driving was bad (it is), it doesn’t come close to the dangers of texting and driving. Check out these insane texting and driving statistics and you will never text and drive again.
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Accidents Due to Texting
- According to the National Safety Council, cell phone use while driving causes 1.6 million crashes each year.
- Texting while driving results in accidents that injure 330,000 people every year.
- In the U.S., one out of every four car accidents is caused by texting and driving.
- Texting while driving is six times more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk.
Deaths Resulting from Texting and Driving
- Distracted driving, including sending and receiving texts, contributes to 16% of all fatal crashes, causing approximately 5,000 deaths every year.
- Texting while driving is now the leading cause of death among teenagers – surpassing even drinking and driving.
- More than 3,000 teens die each year in crashes caused by texting while driving.
Teen Drivers and Texting
According to a survey conducted by the American Auto Association, 94% of teen drivers are aware of the dangers of texting and driving, yet more than one-third admit to doing it on a regular basis. Here’s why it’s so dangerous:
- Every day in the U.S. 11 teens die as a result of texting while driving.
- 21% of teen drivers involved in fatal accidents were distracted by their cell phones.
- Compared to adults, teen drivers are four times more likely to be involved in car crashes when talking or texting on a cell phone.
- A teen driver with only one additional passenger doubles the risk of getting into a fatal car accident.
Why Texting and Driving is So Dangerous
- Of all the different ways to use a cell phone while driving, texting is by far the most dangerous.
- At any given time, more than 600,000 drivers in the U.S are using their cell phones while driving.
- Answering a text takes your attention off the road for about five seconds. At a speed of 55 mph, that’s enough time to travel 300 yards – the entire length of a football field.
- Texting while driving causes a 400% increase in time spent with eyes off the road.
- Text messaging makes a crash 23 times more likely to occur.
How to Stop Texting and Driving
- Have a designated texter who can handle any text the driver receives or wants to send.•Turn off your cell phone notifications. If you can’t hear your phone, you won’t be tempted to respond while driving.
- When driving, put your phone where you can’t reach it. Give it to a passenger. Put it in the glove compartment. Put it in your purse in the backseat.
- Install a drive-cam in your teenager’s car to monitor their behavior while driving.
- Install an anti-texting and driving mobile app on your teenager’s phone. If they disable it or refuse to use it, take their cell phone away.
Stop the Madness of Texting and Driving
These texting and driving statistics paint a sobering picture of the dangers – and potential consequences – of texting while driving. One in four car accidents in the U.S. is caused by texting behind the wheel. Texting and driving is six times more likely to cause an accident than drunk driving. The list of compelling reasons NOT to text and drive goes on and on, yet hundreds of thousands of drivers do it every day.
Sadly, these accidents, and the fatalities that often result from them, could be easily avoided by practicing some common sense and self-discipline. Think about it. We could eliminate one-fourth of all auto accidents and save thousands of lives every year simply by changing one behavior. That’s a texting and driving statistic that everyone should know about!
Most drivers know they shouldn’t text and drive, so why do so many people do it? Two reasons. We’re all in such a hurry these days. And although we know the potential dangers, we all think “it won’t happen to me.”
At Fix Auto, we urge you to be more thoughtful before you get behind the wheel. Put your cell phone away and leave it there until you reach your destination. There’s no text message so important that it’s worth risking your life and the lives of others on the road. Please drive safely and text-free!