Many drivers know texting while driving is a bad combination, but just can’t seem to break the habit. Texting while driving is a growing problem throughout America and the world. Naturally there have been many things that distract our driving, but texting is a uniquely distracting activity. Hands-free devices allow drivers to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel when talking on the phone, but texting distracts drivers’ visually, manually, and mentally.
Texting isn’t the only culprit when it comes to distracted driving caused by cell phones, the popularity of smart phones means drivers are being alerted to updates on Twitter, Facebook, and other apps. Studies show that more than 25% of drivers admit to using apps on their phone while driving.
Some states are cracking down on distracted driving. Utah currently fines texters $750 for getting caught sending texts while driving. A hefty fine will certainly lead to a unhappy status update on your social networks.
In the Washington DC area, traffic can be especially bad, but many people find texting addictive. Distracted driving isn’t just a danger to other drivers though; an accident can happen any time. We all get bored out there, but avoid the temptation to text, watch videos, or tweet when you’re the one in the driver’s seat.
We found this interesting infographic that illuminates some of the dangers of texting on the road.
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