Cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million car accidents each year. The need to put down your cell phone while driving is becoming an ever-increasing report. However, if you’re like most Americans, you’ve probably used your cell phone while driving. In fact, 82 percent of adults between the ages of 25-39 admitted to using their cell phone while driving reported AAA. In addition, 43 percent said they use their cell phone frequently while driving. One out of four car accidents are caused by texting while driving.
Using Social Media on Your Cell Phone While Driving
It used to be simple to say don’t text and drive. Now it’s don’t text, email, search the Internet, check your social media, and the list could go on and on. There are now many ways your cell phone can be a huge distraction. A study from AT&T found that 61 percent of drivers are texting or sending an email. However, another 27 percent admit to checking in on Facebook, 14 percent are tweeting, another 14 percent are on Instagram and 11 percent are using Snapchat. On top of that, 17 percent are taking selfies while driving and another 10 percent are video chatting. This study also revealed that 62 percent of drivers will keep their cell phone within arm’s reach while driving. Honestly it’s a miracle there are not more car accidents reported.
Ten Reasons to Put Down Your Cell Phone While Driving
- Slower reaction time. If you are reading a text message it is highly unlikely that you will be able to stop before hitting that person that just cut you off in traffic.
- You are risking getting in a car accident. Car accidents are not only expensive they could cost you or someone else their life. A life is irreplaceable.
- Breaking the law. It is illegal to use a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle in some areas.
- It could extend your trip. If you miss the turn or the exit because you were distracted by your phone, the trip just got longer.
- Set a good example. Using a cell phone while driving in the presence of minors is setting a bad example. You are telling these kids that it is okay to driving distracted.
- Multi-tasking is a myth. You may think you are a super hero that can handle multiple tasks at once but it’s just not worth the risk.
- Distracted driving is costly. In 2010, $129.5 billion was spent on car accidents involving a distracted driver according to the International Road Assessment Program.
- Safety should be your highest priority. Assuming you have passengers and a family that loves you, aren’t they worth being safe for?
- Insurance companies don’t like excuses. You can guarantee your insurance company is not going to be very happy with you if you are the responsible party of a car accident. Keep in mind many costs are associated with car accidents.
- You could pull over, or it could wait. Most roadways allow room to pull over or a nearby parking lot. If you are driving down a narrow road, it can wait.
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