Do you still think texting and driving is harmless? Puh-lease.
Texting while driving is downright dangerous. Avoiding it should be a no brainer.
But if you need another reason not to text while driving: Teens report that if their parents drive distracted, then they think it okay to do so too.
In a recent study by “Students Against Destructive Decisions” and Liberty Mutual, 66% of teens surveyed said that their parents texted, talked on the phone, or participated with another distracting activity while driving.
To give you an idea of just how dangerous texting and driving can be, here are some statistics from 2012 alone.
- Those who text while driving increase their chances of an accident 23 times more than those who aren’t.
- 18 percent of fatalities from distraction related accidents are caused by cell phones.
- 30 percent of teens text while driving
- 55 percent of young adult drivers think that it is easy to text while driving and still pay attention to the road.
- According to a car and driver study, a driver’s reaction time while reading and sending texts was worse than someone who was drinking and driving.
Do as I say, not as I do?? Doesn’t work here.
Set the example. Put down the phone while driving.