7 Reasons Texting and Driving is Playing With Fire

Texting and driving is still a real issue, especially as technology becomes a more intricate part of our lives. When we’re hyper-connected to coworkers, friends and family members, it’s hard not to send a text while on the go. However, at least 23 percent of car accidents were linked to cell phone usage in 2011. Here are seven reasons why you should think twice before texting on the road.

1. Death is a real threat.

Every day, more than 9 million people are killed in the U.S. due to distracted driving.

2. The potential for an accident is high.

Text messaging while driving makes you 23 times more likely to get into a car wreck.

3. It’s against the law.

There are 46 states with bans against text messaging for all drivers while on the road, and the list is growing. In many cases, teenagers are prohibited from all cell phone use.

4. It can wait a few minutes.

Why take the risk when you could reply to your text messages in a safe environment? Waiting a few minutes until you’re out of the car can exponentially increase your safety.

5. Your insurance rate could go up.

In the event that you’re in an accident as a result of cell phone use, your insurance company may hike your rate. Are you ready to fork over the cost?

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6. You’re putting others at risk.

Pedestrians, other drivers and passengers in your own car are all at risk when you choose to text and drive. Consider the safety of others before your pick up your phone.

7. Think about your health.

In the event of an accident, you could get injured – or worse. How will it affect those who depend on you on a regular basis?

Texting and driving may be synonymous with the Digital Age, but legislators aren’t creating these laws without reason. Think about the hazards before you decide to reply to your latest text while on the road. You’re putting a lot on the line just to reply to one message.

 


Have you personally felt the affects of texting and driving? What consequences have you seen over the years?


 

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Krystle Vermes
Krystle Vermes
Krystle Vermes is a professional writer, blogger and podcaster with a background in both online and print journalism. Her passions include everything tech, sports, and the paranormal. When she isn’t freelance reporting, she’s breaking news on her blog, GetSpooked.net, and podcasting. Krystle is a graduate of Suffolk University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Print Journalism.