Studies show that texting while driving is 23 times riskier than using a cell phone. The same study also showed that talking and listening to a cell phone was just 1.3 times as high as non-distracted driving. The 1.3 is also the same distraction as listening to the radio and that number goes up when changing the station on the radio.
If people are talking on the phone (just as they would if they had a passanger in the car) they will be unable to text while driving. When texting most drivers have their eyes off the road for nearly five seconds…..that equates to a driver covering a distance the length of a football field at 55 mph without looking at the road.
The truth is drivers have many distractions while driving and I think we all need to be reminded of the importance of driving carefully and paying extra attention when behind the wheel. Many states have a “hang up and drive” motto but if everyone was on the phone, they wouldn’t be able to respond to any text messages. If people talked on the phone they would not have a need to text. If you are singing along to the radio, talking with friends in the car, or talking on the phone….at least you can always have your eyes on the road. Singing and talking is better than texting any day.
Keep your eyes on the road…..Don’t text and drive!