Cellphone use has increased in the United States, and with the ever-changing technology, cellphones will only get more complex to meet our needs. While cellphones have become a great way to stay connected, it has also contributed to the growing problem of distracted driving.
Cellphones have played a large role in distracted driving in the U.S., and texting while driving has proven to be one of the most dangerous activities drivers can do behind the wheel. A majority of drivers have admitted to texting while driving, despite it being banned in many states across the country.
A study by the University of Kansas found that 91 percent of drivers surveyed said they read text messages while driving, 81 percent of drivers responded to texts and 71 percent said they initiated a text conversation while driving.
Texting while driving is very dangerous and increases the chances of getting into a car accident. Most drivers know the risks of texting while driving but do it anyways. This is not safe and will only lead to more car accidents caused by distracted driving.
Studies reported that drivers who talk on a cellphone are four times more likely to get into a crash. The risk is even worse for drivers who text. Drivers who text are eight times more likely to get into a crash, showing why cellphone use should be avoided while driving.
Any cellphone use is dangerous behind the wheel. However, texting while driving has become one of the most dangerous behaviors because it forces drivers to multitask and focus on driving and texting at the same time.
Drivers need to be aware of the risks they face when they use their cellphone. Drivers should not be texting and they should take steps to reduce the chances they will read or send a text while driving, like putting their phone in their purse or in the glove compartment or turning their phone off while driving.
Source: Automo Blog, “Is Texting While Driving as Bad as Driving Drunk?” Sept. 17, 2013