The invention of smart phones has brought a number of wonderful things to society. We now have easily accessible GPS systems, mobile Internet and the ability to take pictures, record video, make a phone call or text at any time. However, with every positive there comes a negative, and the negative aspect of phone use is that it increases the chances of automobile accidents.
1. In 2011, Over 23 Percent of Accidents Involved Phones
If you have been paying attention to the news, you’ve probably noticed the increasing number of tragic stories involving accidents that could have been prevented. Driving has always been a dangerous activity, but the creation of cell phones has made the roads a much more dangerous place. Risking your own life would be bad enough, but think how you would feel if you were to hit and kill a child? If you were physically injured, you would have the chance of recovery, but if you needlessly took a life, you would probably have a very difficult time forgiving yourself. No text, webpage or email could ever be worth that.
2. Texting Takes Your Attention Away From The Road For up to Five Seconds
If you’re traveling 55 miles per hour, you could cross an entire football field in five seconds. Imagine how many variables you could encounter while traveling such a distance. It isn’t safe to look away from the road for any amount of time.
3. Smart Phones Make a Crash 23 Times More Likely
There are a lot of things that can distract you from the road, such as talking to your passengers, being emotionally upset, being tired or reaching for something in the backseat. However, studies have shown that texting or looking at the Internet while driving presents the most risk.
4. Other People Believe They Can Safely Text and Drive
A disturbing 77 percent of young drivers claim that texting and driving is easy and safe for them. If you believe the facts, then you know that they are wrong, and this makes it even more important for you to put down your own phone and pay attention. With the growing number of unsafe drivers on the road these days, defensive driving is more crucial than ever. Always keep your eyes open and be prepared to encounter someone who isn’t paying attention.
5. It’s Illegal to Use a Phone While Driving
Even if you aren’t concerned with your own life or the lives of others, you probably won’t be happy to have to shell out your hard-earned cash for a ticket. Using a smart phone to text or surf the web while driving is now illegal in 39 states. Even if these laws don’t yet exist in your state, chances are they soon will, so it’s better to get used to putting your phone away.
When you honestly look at the risks, texting while your driving probably doesn’t seem as important as it once did. You may think that you know what you’re doing, but you should ask yourself how much you really trust your own abilities. No one is perfect, and you are just as capable of making a mistake as the next person. Do the right thing and commit to putting your smart phone away while at the wheel.