Whether it’s talking on your phone, texting your friends, or reaching for a CD, distracted driving is never a smart choice. Remember, it only takes a second of distraction to change the rest of your life. Keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel, and your phone turned off.
Teen drivers are four times more likely than adults to get into car crashes or near crash events directly related to talking on a cell phone or texting.
Almost 50% of all drivers between the ages of 18 and 24 are texting while driving.
People who text while driving are 23% more likely to be in a car accident.
Texting while driving is about 6 times more likely to result in an accident than driving while intoxicated.
Source: University of Utah
For every 6 seconds of drive time, a driver sending or receiving a text message spends 4.6 of those seconds with their eyes off the road. This makes texting the most distracting of all cell phone related tasks.
A truck driver texting while driving is 23.2 times more likely to get into an accident than a trucker paying full attention to the road.
A driver reaching for a cell phone or any other electronic device is 1.4 times more likely to experience a car crash.