When you think about texting and driving, you probably know that it isn’t a good idea. If you want to text, the best option is to pull over and stop what you’re doing, so you can take the time to safely send the message you need to send or read information that was sent to you.
Unfortunately, many people in the United States still text and drive despite the danger it poses to themselves and others. Texting and driving leads to serious injuries and deaths every day. It is believed that around 481,000 drivers use phones behind the wheel each day. This increases the risk of getting into a crash by 5.36 times.
Texting and driving is a significant problem in 2020
According to data from 2019, researchers saw that people responded to text messages almost immediately once they were received. In fact, around nine out of 10 teens actually expect for someone to read and respond to a text within five minutes. That kind of rapid turnaround is just one reason why teens often respond to texts while driving, even though they may know it is dangerous to do so.
Over 58% of the collisions that involve teens are a result of driver distractions. That doesn’t mean that teens are the only people causing texting-and-driving crashes, though. In one survey, 77% of teens admitted that adults told them not to text and drive but saw them “do it all the time.”
Drivers should always remember to put down their phones and avoid texting or getting caught up in other distractions while driving. Doing so could help prevent serious crashes and save lives.