If you are texting while driving, you are putting a lot more at risk than just your own life. But what are those other 3 common dangers?
Do you consider yourself a safe driver? If so, you’re probably not alone.
And yet nearly everyone has a few bad habits that could easily create a dangerous situation while driving down the road. As technology improves and provides people with mobile devices, the result has been more and more people driving while distracted.
It should come as no surprise that texting while driving is one of the most dangerous things you can do. It’s also illegal.
This article takes a look at some important texting while driving facts that every motorist should know. Keep reading to discover insight that could help prevent auto accidents and reduce the odds of getting a texting while driving ticket.
1. Visual Impairment
The first thing you consider before texting while operating a vehicle is the fact that doing so will provide a significant visual impairment. That’s because you’ll be distracted by literally taking your eyes off the road.
In fact, this is one of the most dangerous things you can do while driving. Texting while driving laws state very clearly that you should keep both hands on the wheel at all times. This is especially important when driving in bad weather.
2. Cognitive Impairment
Texting also distracts your mind. Even though it might be common for drivers to be thinking about something else while operating a motor vehicle, texting requires you to not only take your eyes off the road but also be composing a message that completely takes your mind off what you’re doing.
This can quickly produce deadly consequences.
3. Manual Impairment
When you’re typing a text message, you’re having to physically operate a device while operating your vehicle at the same time. Even if you’re using a text-by-voice feature, you’re engaged with the device rather than giving your full attention to the road.
As you can see, texting impairs your ability to drive in three different ways.
Texting and Driving FAQ
Plenty of people have questions about texting while driving their car. Here are answers to 3 of the most frequently asked questions.
How Many People on Average Text While Driving?
More than half a million people are using their cell phones while driving every minute of the day, and because of this, there’s a constant potential for fatal accidents.
How Much Does Texting Increase the Odds of Having an Accident?
Simply put, you are 4 times as likely to be involved in an accident when texting. The act of putting away your phone can save lives.
Are Younger Drivers Better at Texting and Driving?
The short answer is no. In fact, when a young person is texting, their reaction time while driving a vehicle is slowed to that of an elderly person.
A Guide to Important Facts About Texting While Driving
Staying safe on the road should always be your top priority every time you get behind the wheel. That’s why it’s so important to understand these texting while driving facts, both for you and everyone else on the road.
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Gary P. Falkowitz is the Managing Partner and Founding Attorney of the Falkowitz Law Firm PLLC‚ one of the premiere personal injury law firms in New York. Gary received his J.D., in 2005 from St. John’s University School of Law and served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.