DO NOT TEXT & DRIVE
Research: The problems with Texting and Driving. How to not Text and Drive.
Driving is an activity that would require our full attention. That fact is something that a lot of us take for granted because we might have gotten comfortable and used to driving without any accidents. This is the reason why a lot of people try to do other stuff while they are behind the wheel.
THE PROBLEM OF LOOKING AT SOCIAL MEDIA WHILE DRIVING
There is something that many new drivers do multiple times a day that can be over three times more dangerous than driving while intoxicated. It may not come as a surprise that social media is the culprit of such risky behaviour. Using social media while driving is the newest deadly trend that is swerving into our path.
The Death tolls in the US from Texting and Driving.
- In 2013, according to statistics compiled by the Department of Transportation, 3,154 people died and another 424,000 were injured in motor vehicle.
- 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.
- Texting while driving is 6x more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk.
- Answering a text takes away your attention for about five seconds. Traveling at 55 mph, that’s enough time to travel the length of a football field.
- Texting while driving causes a 400% increase in time spent with eyes off the road.
Talk, Text, Crash
Distracted driving continues to be a problem in Texas as data indicates drivers are not changing their behaviors. With one in five crashes involving distracted driving, a ratio that has not changed in the past four years, TxDOT aims to raise awareness and educate drivers about the dangers associated with distracted driving and encourage them to put away their cellphones while behind the wheel. The Talk. Text. Crash. Campaign, along with #EndTheStreakTX and Heads Up, Texas, focuses on safety measure drivers can take to make traveling our roadways safer for themselves and others.