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Texting While Driving Facts
Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field. (2009, VTTI)
Fact # 2
A texting driver is 23 times more likely to get into an accident than a non-texting driver. (2009, VTTI)
Fact # 3
Of those killed in distracted-driving-related crashes, 995 involved reports of a cell phone as a distraction (18% of fatalities in distraction-related crashes). (NHTSA)
Tips To Stop Texting While Driving
Out of sight, out of mind.
When you’re in the car, put your phone where you can’t get it. A place where you won’t even be tempted to look for it. No phone. No texting.
Silence is golden.
Turn those notifications off. The less you hear your phone, the less tempted you’ll be to respond while you’re driving.
Find your app.
An app can help you stop texting and driving. Download your favorite and forget about it in the car.
Designate a texter.
Borrow thumbs from a friend. Or lend yours to a friend. Passengers get the privilege of texting while in motion.