The Most Dangerous Form of Distracted Driving

Don't Text and Drive
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and wants to take a moment to talk about the biggest driving distraction of all: the cell phone. There are other forms of distraction that can happen on the road: reading a billboard, turning around to check on the kids and changing the radio station. But cell phones, specifically texting on one, increase the likelihood of a crash by 23 times, making texting the most dangerous driving distraction. Cell phones are here to stay, but knowledge is power, so take a moment to review some stats related to texting and driving, and then find out what you can do protect yourself while on the road.

But I’m Good at Texting and Driving!

Texting While Driving

You’re not fooling anybody.

According to, at any given moment on the road, approximately 660,000 American drivers are using their cell phones in some way, and the average text message takes a person’s eyes off the road for about five seconds — about the length of a football field, from goal post to goal post.
It is no wonder that cell phones are involved in 1.6 million accidents each year, and texting while driving turns out to be a very dangerous numbers game where the risk increases with every text message sent.

What Can I Do About It?

Family in Car

Be The Change.

Sign an online pledge to put down your phone, and pass the pledge along to a teenager you love, since recent studies have shown that drivers under the age of 20 are the majority of distraction-related fatal crashes. Be the example for your own kids. Make a point to put your cell phone away when you get behind the wheel, the same way you stress buckling your seatbelt. If you’re a passenger in a car where the driver tries to shoot a quick text, tell them you’re uncomfortable with it and offer to send the message yourself.

For the Techies

Download the It Can Wait VR on your computer or mobile device. This simulation gives the user a virtual reality look into the consequences of distracted driving. There are also apps that can be downloaded that sense the speed you’re driving at and disable text messaging. The AT&T Drive Mode app even sends an autoresponse to the person texting you to let them know you’re behind the wheel and can’t text them. Get it in the App Store and on Google Play. The bottom line is that no text message is worth your life or the life of those in the vehicles around you. Make being a safe and considerate driver a priority, and help spread the word about the dangers of distracted driving.

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