The dangers of texting while driving

Everyone knows the dangers of texting and driving, yet many people still engage in hazardous activity anyway.

A 2018 study by AAA found that texting and driving doubles the chances of an accident occurring. Despite this, 35% of people admit to using their phones while operating a vehicle, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Why you should not text and drive

Though talking on a cell phone, even on a hands-free device, is also distracting, research shows that texting does not simply divide a driver’s attention but completely takes it over. This is in addition to the fact that motorists must remove their eyes from the road in order to transmit a message. Many motor vehicle operators think that sending one text is no big deal, but it can actually lead down a slippery slope. Sending one message leads to more, which can lead to habitual texting while driving.

How to stop sending messages while driving

Typing and sending messages while driving can lead to car accidents ranging from minor fender benders to fatal collisions. To avoid causing any wreck, motorists must stop texting and driving. One way to reduce the temptation to glance at a phone is to keep it out of reach while operating a vehicle. Another idea is to set the phone to drive mode, which notifies anyone who contacts the motorist that he or she is driving and cannot respond.

Most people behind the wheel have good intentions and believe themselves skilled enough to sneak a peek at their phones while driving. Unfortunately, this attitude results in many car crashes each year.