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.
Every day, more than 9 million people are killed in the U.S. due to distracted driving.
Text messaging while driving makes you 23 times more likely to get into a car wreck.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.