Texting and Driving has been declared as more dangerous than drinking and driving. However, four out of five college students and almost half of all adult drivers say they do so. Cell phones have become a staple in our society and texting is the most common form of communication, especially for college students. The way Americans are attached to their phones only increases the risks associated with texting and driving.
It’s a habit most of us are not even aware of – the need to always be connected, constantly checking facebook, twitter, instagram and/or text messages. No matter where we are, in class, at work, in an airplane or in the car, we almost feel like we are being deprived of knowing what is going on in the world if our phone is not close by.
Our lives are formed to always be multitasking. It is common to study for a test while listening to music or watch tv while cooking dinner. Screens and activity are a part of our lives and so, the challenge of removing our eyes from the screen and focusing solely on the road to drive can cause some challenges. As Americans, we just don’t quite know what to do with idling time at a redlight without finding something else to engage our interest.
Texting and driving poses many risks. Even if you are somewhat playing attention, reaction time is delayed. The brief moments when you get lost in a text message or facebook timeline are precious minutes that could cost a life. The radio and tv announcements are real, a wreck that can claim the life of a child is a possibility, when your eyes are off the road and on your phone.
Studies say that drivers understand the risks and admit that texting while driving is dangerous but, there seems to be a mentality that “texting and driving is dangerous for everyone except me. “ The risk of having a car accident while texting is up to 23 times the normal accident rate and more than 3,000 teens die each year as a result of texting and driving. These statistics, and mentality of drivers, sounds vaguely familiar to thoughts on drinking and driving, both which are extremely dangerous.
All U.S. states except Arizona and Montana have bans on texting while driving. For Mississippi, the ban only acts for bus drivers. However, please take the stand to not text while driving. Talk to your teenagers about the dangers of texting while driving and give your children a good example of safe driving by storing your cell phone in the glove department so you will not be tempted to pick it up. No text is worth the dangers it causes – it can wait. If you have any questions about setting a No Texting While Driving policy in your home, or any questions on Meridian MS auto insurance, give Pearson & Company Insurance a call at 601-482-6699. We would love to help you and your family always drive safe.