At any given time, over 660,000 drivers are using their cell phones in some way while driving in America. It’s so tempting to reach for the phone every time we hear that text tone, even when we know that texting and driving kills. As new batches of teen drivers enter the roadways each day, it’s important to set a good example by not using mobile devices while driving and educating new teen drivers on the dangers of “driving while intexticated.”
Driving and Texting by the Numbers
According to Distraction.gov, in 2013, 3,154 people were killed and 424,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. While distracted driving can include any number of activities while driving, texting is by far the most serious distraction because it requires visual, manual and cognitive attention from the driver. Some more recentsurveys have found that:
- 34% of teens admitted to texting while driving.
- 13% of drivers between the ages of 18-20 admitted to texting or talking on their mobile phones at the time of an auto accident.
- Texting makes a crash more than 23 times more likely to occur.
- Teens who text and drive spend about 10% of their time driving outside of their lane.
A study by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute reports that a quarter of the teens interviewed admitted to responding to a text message one or more times every time they drive. Ten percent of parents and twenty percent of teens admitted that they have had extended, multiple message text conversations while driving.
Tools for Parents of Teen Drivers
As parents, we all want our children to arrive at their destinations safely, but we cannot control every decision that our teens make. Here are a few tools that parents can use to help discourage teen texting and driving and encourage good decision making when they get behind the wheel.
- DriveCam – parents can stay in the loop of what their teens are doing with this handy drive camera. This two-way camera can sense risky driving behaviors and record a 12-second clip of what was going on in the drivers’ seat at that time. DriveCam provides excellent teaching-moment opportunities to make your teen a better driver.
- Anti-texting and Driving Apps – Apps like AT&T Drive Mode and Live2Txt can disable the texting function on your teen’s mobile phone while they’re behind the wheel.
- Text-Free Driving Pledge – Taking the time to educate your teen about the dangers of texting while driving is imperative. Punctuate the importance of this message by asking them to take the Text-Free Driving Pledge.
Texting and Driving Kills, Plain and Simple
It only takes a second of distraction to ruin your life or someone else’s life. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident involving a distracted driver, call toll free at 317-520-9283 for a free consultation with our experienced auto accident attorneys. Our Indianapolis personal injury attorneys have worked with people injured in all types of accidents.