Driving While Intexticated
Today we wanted to take a step back from phone repair and share some alarming statistics about texting and driving. In 2011, 23% of vehicle collisions involved cell phones... that's 1.3 million crashes. The minimal amount of time your attention is taken away from the road while you're texting and driving is 5 seconds, at speeds of 55 mph, this equals driving the length of a football field without looking at the road. 82% of Americans age 16-17 own cell phones of which 34% say they have texted while driving. Some don't think it's a problem 77% of young adults are very or somewhat confident that they can safely text while driving but it is a problem, teens who text while driving spend approximately 10% of the driving time outside of their lane. Texting while driving is known to be a problem with teens but adults do it, too! 15% of young drivers have seen their parents text while driving. Not to mention 1 in 5 drivers of all age admit to surfing the web while driving... and how do they justify it?
- Reading a text is safer than composing and sending one
- They hold the phone close to the windshield "for better visibility"
- They increase following distance
- They text only at a stop sign or red light
Texting while driving causes:
- 1,600,000 accidents each year - National Safety Council
- 330,000 injuries each year - Harvard Center for Risk Analysis Study
- 11 teen deaths EVERY DAY - Institute for Hwy Safety Fatality Facts
- Almost 25% of ALL car accidents
Texting While Driving:
- Makes you 23X more likely to crash - National Hwy Transportation Safety Admin
- Is the same as closing your eyes for 5 seconds at a time - VA. Tech Transportation Institute
- Takes place by almost 800,000 drivers at any time across the country.
- Slows your brake reaction speed by 18% - Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
- Leads to a 400% increase with eyes off the road.
How do I stop my teen from texting while driving?
What can be done about it? Kansas law does prohibit all drivers from texting while driving however it still seems to be a problem so what else can be done? Education is the most important with texting while driving becoming a growing trend, and a national epidemic. Drivers assume they can handle texting while driving and remain safe, but the numbers don't lie.
There are apps for parents to use that help monitor when their child is using their phone while driving. Canary a free app for Android and iOS will not only send you instant email alerts if your child is using their phone while operating a motor vehicle but it will also detect speeding. The app works by using your cellular device's GPS to detect how fast your traveling, once up to speed the app starts monitoring activity on the phone and alerts set contacts when the device is being used. Download the app below.