Phones continue to pose a fatal threat for people on the road. Research by AT&T found that 17 percent of drivers have indeed been guilty of taking selfies while driving. Doing so is, not surprisingly, very dangerous! Are you a guilty of using your phone and driving distracted?
Facts about Distracted Driving
AT&T has conducted surveys and found the following statistics:
- 62% keep their smartphones within easy reach while driving.
- 30% of people who post to Twitter while driving do it “all the time.”
- 22% who access social networks while driving cite addiction as a reason.
- Of those who shoot videos behind the wheel, 27% think they can do it safely while driving.
A few additional facts:
- While you are snapping that 2 second photo, your car has just traveled 176 feet driving 60 mph – the length of a football field.
- Text messaging makes a crash up to 23 times more likely to happen.
- Experts say texting while driving is a leading factor in accidents.
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Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving
- If you have an iPhone, turn on “Do Not Disturb While Driving”.
- Switch your phone to “silent” or turn it off.
- Put your phone out of reach (i.e. the trunk or glove box).
- Utilize Apple CarPlay or Android Auto on newer vehicles, however don’t let this be a distraction too.
Using your phone while driving is dangerous. Many states have outlawed the use of phones on the road, while others are trying to accomplish the same feat. If you want to keep you and your passengers safe, don’t drive distracted.
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