Driving and using a cell phone both involve a great deal of thought. For example, texting requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, making it the most alarming distraction of all. You cannot fully focus on driving while you are using a cell phone, just like you cannot give your undivided attention to a phone conversation when you are behind the wheel. It is crucial to remember that accidents mainly occur because of delayed braking or missed traffic signals. Moreover, the risk of running a red light and possibly crashing into someone is off the charts, every time you are on your cell.
On average, in 2012 every 16 seconds someone died and every 14 seconds someone got injured as a result of a motor vehicle crash. NHTSA reports say that texting while driving is 6 times more dangerous than driving while intoxicated, stating that majority of texting drivers are 16- to 24-year old. It’s never been safe on the road; but, with the majority of people using cell phones today, the odds of you getting into a car crash at least once in your lifetime are now greater than ever.
Any activity you are performing on your phone – whether it’s texting, using social media, surfing the web, or navigating playlists – distracts you, takes your attention away from the road, and gets you one step closer to disaster.
Lastly, you cannot rely on other drivers while you are driving since you cannot be sure that drivers next to you are not texting with their foot on the gas pedal. The only person you can influence is yourself. By not using a cell phone while driving, you make a significant contribution to your own safety as well as the safety of others.
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