We are frequently reminded that driving distractions cause accidents, and accidents can injure and be fatal. According to the National Safety Council, cell phone use is now involved in 26% of all motor vehicle crashes. And according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration VTTI text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted.
Research shows that it only takes a distraction of four seconds to cause a major driving disaster. The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that the average text read and typing is 4.6 seconds. Just 3 seconds of texting while driving at 65mph is equal to driving 100 yards or the length of a football field, blindfolded.
Several state governments have already passed legislation that prohibits texting while driving and others have or are reviewing legislation that will make it illegal to use hand-held devices while driving.
Many cars now have installed voice control mechanisms and speech-to-text technologies that allow drivers to operate electronic devices without taking their eyes off the road. Other companies make available call and text blocking services. Parents can install upgraded gadgets that rely on the phone’s GPS signal that will re-route incoming calls to voicemail.
So what will it actually take to stop? You can simply take the temptation away during your drive time, i.e. turn the phone off or to mute.
It’s really that simple of a choice.