Drive Safely–Without Distractions

no cell use while driving

We’ve all heard the warnings that driving and texting can be extremely dangerous.   According to, a texting driver is 23 times more likely to get into a crash than a non-texting driver.  And yet, 77 percent of young adult drivers feel “very to somewhat confident” in their ability to safely drive and text.  Many older adults wouldn’t claim to be so confident, yet they too are oftentimes guilty of texting while driving.  But consider this: five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting,  if you’re driving at 55mph, that’s enough time to cover a football field.  Hopefully this statistic is a bit sobering to you and enough to give serious thought to whether that test message while driving is actually that important.

Texting isn’t the only distraction that is dangerous while driving.  Eating, fiddling with your GPS, pets, putting on make-up, getting on the Internet (ahh those smart phones make it so tempting), etc. can all cause accidents while on the road.  If you’re getting food, wait until you arrive at your destination to eat.  When you get into the car turn off your phone so you aren’t distracted when you hear a text message come through.  Commit to being a safe driver at  Take the pledge to drive without texting or talking on the phone.  And don’t forget to talk to your friends (especially those young adults) and kids about the importance of safely driving without distractions.

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