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The numbers are not in the case of distracted driving.
A single look won't hurt, right? You will slow down and steer with one hand.
Now that you think about it, you might send a reply.
You've done it before. You can handle it again, right?
If you are on the road and busy with Snapchat, you should put down the phone and invest in some distracted driving programs. Here are some reasons why.
- Why is Snapchat a problem?
- Poor results and trials
- Social media Gone Wrong
- Apps to replace Snapchat while driving
] Why is Snapchat a problem?
According to Statista 70% of Internet users use between 18 and 24 years Snapchat. This is very scary when considering drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 are three times more likely to be in a fatal car accident compared to drivers who are 20 or older.
Bad results and trials
Not all distracted driving crashes end in death, but there are other bad results to consider.
In 2015, 18-year-old Christal McGee ran a Mercedes-Benz C230 with two passengers together for the trip. According to an ongoing trial, McGee used a Snapchat speed filter to see how fast she could get her car to go.
The trial says she had Snapchat who drove when her C230 hit the car by Wentworth Maynard. He claims he suffered permanent brain injury, and he sued Snapchat and McGee.
Social Media Gone Error
Young people feel mutual pressure to take out social challenges. It is a game to see who likes the most, parts and comments. Does anyone really win, but?
Think of the challenge "In my feeling". It started with some dancers who played their best steps in a tribute to Drake. It ended with drivers jumping from cars to showcase their choreography (usually while the car was still rolling down the street).
Yikes. We get it. Social media is fun, and it includes Snapchat.
But think of the case of Christal McGee and the following disasters next time you want to use any app while driving:
2017 : The 56-year-old Philip Ilg was on a bike ride when a 17-
2017 : 21-year-old Lakin Ashlyn, a young mother twisted his car and died when using Snapchat.
2019 : 25-year-old Bryce McDade-Peters used Snapchat when he crashed into a vehicle at a crossing and twisted his car.
Apps to replace Snapchat While Driving
Snapchat is a distraction, and so is your phone. Check the phone software and the following apps to become a safer driver.
first Checking Your Phone Software
If you are using an iPhone or Android device, most newer phones have the ability to turn on "Do not disturb while driving" mode.
When you turn on this feature, it will disable most of your notifications until you are ready to drive. An alternative allows your phone to send an autoresponder to anyone trying to get in touch with you via text.
This article from USA Today contains instructions for turning on and off "Do not disturb while driving" iPhone and Android devices.
AT & T offers a free DriveMode app for both iOS and Android. It automatically turns on when you reach 15 MPH, turns off calls and alerts, and lets parents know if a teen driver disables the app.
Lifesaver is an easy-to-use app like:
- Blocks the use of your phone while driving
- Let us know parents when a family member is running  Let us know parents when a family member driver has arrived at a destination
App Zubie provides a wealth of information, including:
- Recommendations for improving driving habits
- Behavioral alerts that signal bad driving habits and potential wrecks
- Speed limit comparisons
Is a life worth the risk of using Snapchat for a few seconds? Never.
If you want to show your friends and family that you are taking a stand against distracted driving, use the "Snapchat Filter" . ]
The battle to stop distracted driving begins with you. Download our Focus to Finish contract and commit distraction-free driving .