Texting and driving is one of the most dangerous things a person can do on the road. Every day, people are killed or seriously injured in car accidents because someone was texting while driving.
Texting while driving is so dangerous because it takes a driver’s attention away from the road. When a person is driving, they should be focused on the task at hand, which is operating a vehicle. But when a person is texting, they are not only looking at their phone, but they are also typing out a message. This means that their eyes are not on the road, and their hands are not on the wheel.
Texting while driving is especially dangerous because it is a form of distracted driving. Distracted driving is any activity that takes a driver’s attention away from the road. Texting is one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving because it combines all three types of distraction: visual (taking your eyes off the road), manual (taking your hands off the wheel), and cognitive (taking your mind off of driving).
Texting while driving is so dangerous because it is a combination of all three types of distraction.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, texting while driving is six times more likely to cause an accident than driving while drunk.
In 2010, 3,092 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, and 400,000 people were injured.
Texting while driving is especially dangerous for young drivers. A study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that texting while driving increases the risk of an accident by 23 times.
The best way to prevent accidents caused by texting while driving is to simply put the phone down. If you must text, pull over to a safe location first. And never text while driving in heavy traffic or in bad weather.