Do you drive? No txting. When you’re behind the wheel, it may seem harmless to look at a text from your friend or send a quick reply. But taking your eyes off the road – even for a moment – can be deadly. Need further convincing to keep your phone down and your hands on the wheel? See the eight biggest risks of texting and driving.
- You risk crashing. The single biggest risk with texting and driving is getting into an accident. Any simple and safe solutions? Store your phone somewhere you won’t be tempted to reach for it. Turn off the volume so you are not distracted by incoming text messages. If you need to answer a text or take a call while driving, stop when it is safe to do so and answer while the vehicle is parked.
- Your reaction time gets worse. Texting and driving impair your reaction time and make you react more slowly to stimuli around you. Did you know? Reading or sending a text takes your eyes off the road for about five seconds. And at a speed of 85 mph, that’s the equivalent of driving down the length of a football field with your eyes closed.
- You put others in danger. Passengers, pedestrians and cyclists are all at your mercy when you’re behind the wheel. One wrong move from you can be fatal for them. It is your responsibility to consider their safety.
- You miss signs and turns. The further you look away from the roads, the more likely you are to miss signs and turns. Don’t add time to your drive.
- You are breaking the law. Texting and driving is a direct violation of state and national traffic laws. Keep your hands on the wheel so you don’t get pulled over, ticketed and fined.
- You are exposed to costly repairs. Vehicle damage is an expensive solution. Not to mention, it can be a time-consuming detour. At least avoid the financial and time burden of being a textless driver.
- Your insurance may increase. If texting results in fenders, property damage or collisions with another vehicle, your insurance will go up. Don’t pay the price for this risk.
- You are letting your friends and family down. No text is worth your life or anyone else’s. Your friends and family will understand why you didn’t respond. In fact, they will probably be proud of you for being a safe and considerate driver.
Now that you know the myriad risks of texting and driving, pledge to be a responsible driver and put your phone down when you’re on the road, at a stop light, in a drive-thru lane, or behind the wheel regardless of function. For even more protection and peace of mind on your road trip, get car insurance that goes with you and covers every turn. Talk to a local, independent agent about our policies today.