10 Deadly Facts About Distracted Driving

10 Deadly Facts About Distracted Driving

It goes without saying that we cannot last a single day without being connected to the digital world. In a 2012 poll by TIME, an astounding 84% of respondents worldwide said they can’t go a day without their smartphone. It’s not terribly hard to see why, either. With the dawn of the mobile age, we can watch videos, play games, and stay connected with our friends and family no matter where we are in the world. It’s a huge advantage in most situations, but it’s this constant connectivity that’s increasing the number of auto accidents worldwide. Think Texting is Harmless? You’ve undoubtedly heard this argument before: what’s the difference between listening to the radio or talking to my friends in the car, and sending a text? There is a world of difference. In total, distracted driving accounts for 20% of all car accidents in the United States. Texting, which requires an average of 4.6 seconds of focus being redirected from the road to your phone, is one of the biggest contributors. As you might imagine, the most likely offenders are our teenagers. Nearly three-quarters, or 71%, of teens admit to writing an SMS text message while driving, and 78% say they’ve read a text message,. Drivers under the age of 20 already have the highest proportion of distracted driving related automobile accidents in the country, thanks in no small part due to inexperience and inability to focus on the road. By adding texting to the fray, is it any wonder that 13% of drivers ages 18 to 20 admitted to texting at the time their accidents occurred in 2011?...