It’s the day and age where we basically can’t let go of our phone. But we have to let go of it when we’re driving and here’s why: texting and driving is one of the most dangerous things you can do.
Motor vehicle crashes can come unexpectedly, but if you’re texting, there’s a much higher chance of it happening to you. You’re four times more likely to crash if you’re texting. In 2015, 1 in 4 of all car crashes involved a cell phone. Unfortunately, that’s not the most tragic statistic there is.
Every day, nine drivers die because of texting while driving, and in 2013, texting caused 341,000 motor vehicle crashes. Forty percent of teens say that they have been a passenger in a car when a cellphone was used in a way that put them in danger.
A reported 33% of US drivers from ages 18 to 64 admitted reading or composing text messages while driving. To compare, only 15% of drivers from Spain reported that they texted while driving.
It’s a US epidemic that we need to squash before it grows any more. Make a vow to yourself now that you will never text and drive again. It can wait.