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Do You Text and Drive?

Submitted by david.thacker on Mon, 04/29/2019 - 14:31
By Anna Atkinson

While you are driving you get a text message. You think “what if it’s important?” So you pick up your phone and read the text while driving. As you are texting them back “BOOM!” you run into another car. And your family never gets to see you again.

 Picking up your phone while driving, just cost your life. Because of just one little screen check, you are now dead or seriously injured.

1.6 million crashes a year are caused by texting and driving. Texting is one of the most dangerous things you could do while driving. You are 6x more likely of crashing while texting and driving than as you were drunk. 1 out of 4 car crashes are caused by texting and driving. Answering a text takes away your attention for about five seconds. Traveling at 55 mph is enough time to travel the length of a football field.

We all--adults and teenagers--need to put our phones down while driving. Turn off your phone, put it in the glove department, and turn off the ringer.  If you have something important on your phone have someone else look at it for you. If you do this, it could save your life. At this rate (of people texting while driving) there will be more and more car accidents which will lead to people getting hurt and even dying.

Since texting and driving has become such a big problem now there are very many apps to help eliminate this problem. For example, Apple has put an app on all their phones because this is such a big problem. This is app will automatically will turn your phone on “do not disturb mode” and keep your screen black so no notifications will show up on your phone. With this app you are more likely to be not tempted to look at your phone while you are driving. If you do not have an Apple phone then another good app is Cell Control.

Try to eliminate this problem and don’t be one of those 1.6 million people who risk their lives by texting and driving.

Ask yourself these questions, and then comment below:

  • Do I text and drive?
  • Have you ever been tempted to pick up your phone while driving?
  • Have you ever seen someone on their phone while driving and they were distracted?
  • Have you ever almost or have gotten hit because of someone texting and driving?