Most people have their cell phone with them at all times and automatically look at it when they hear the chime notification. Sending a response text has also become a habit. In doing so, texting while driving has become a large issue in today’s society by taking a driver’s attention away from the road.
Many people think, “it’s only a few seconds”. This assumption is erroneous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), sending or reading a text causes drivers to take their eyes off the road for five seconds. While this doesn’t seem like much, this is enough time for a driver traveling at 55 miles per hour to drive the distance equal to the length of a football field. Doing this is the equivalent of driving that distance with closed eyes, which most drivers would never willingly do.
The truth of the matter is that texting while driving results in 400% more time with a driver’s eyes off the road, seriously increasing the chances of a crash. Furthermore, teens that text while driving are proven to veer out of the lane during 10% of their total drive time, as their eyes are off the road and they aren’t paying attention to the direction of their vehicle.
It only takes one second for a crash to happen. Prevent a crash and avoid becoming a statistic. Let’s keep our eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel.