All You Need To Know About Texting And Driving
Have you ever been operating a vehicle while peering at that text from a friend, typing in directions, or making a call? We all have a lot on our plates these days, let's face it, multitasking has become a standard. However, there are a few areas where multitasking is a big no-no! When you're behind the wheel is one of them!
The Rules of The Road
So it seems like a no-brainer that you probably shouldn't be checking your banking information while driving right? And you would probably agree that checking the stats on that football game, or adding items to that curbside pickup order, are probably best done at home. What about checking that text from your son, looking up directions, checking the traffic, or the weather? Let’s keep it simple, here are the rules according to South Carolina:
- Texting while driving is illegal. If a police officer sees you he can pull you over and fine you.
- Checking Traffic and Directions is permissible.
Cell phone use while operating a motor vehicle is one of the many facets of distracted driving, but according to the NHTSA, it's the worst. They say, "Texting is the most alarming distraction. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that's like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed." That paints a scary picture, doesn't it? Here are the stats.
- 2015 – 391,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver. (CDC)
- 2016 – 3,450 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver. (CDC)
- 2017 – 9% of all teen motor vehicle crash deaths involved distracted driving.
- 2018 – distracted driving was to blame for 2,841 deaths. (NHTSA)
- 2019 – distracted driving was a reported factor in 8.5% of fatal motor vehicle crashes. (NHTSA)
What Can We Do?
The bottom line, distracted driving is dangerous.
- Education: Drivers under the age of 20 have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes. Educating new drivers on the risk may be an actual lifesaver. Here is some really great information on teen driving statistics from the CDC.
- Hands-Free: Hands-free equipment is no longer a luxury. Make sure your vehicle is properly set up and every driver knows how to use the equipment.
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