By now, you know that texting and driving is dangerous – but do you know how dangerous? It seems harmless at first. Just checking a text really quick, or replying to your friend – until you end up in a collision. Those few seconds you took to look at your phone, were the same few seconds that someone took to change lanes in front of you or slam on their brakes. By distracting yourself with a cell phone while behind the wheel, you not only put yourself in danger, but your passengers and other drivers on the road. Sometimes it’s not enough just to say that texting and driving is dangerous, so Toyota of Clermont is telling you the scary facts and statistics about texting and driving.
How dangerous is texting and driving?
Over the past decade, texting and driving has become more and more common. Nowadays, if our phones are not in our hands, they are in our pockets, purses, or literally attached at the hip. Those who began texting and driving 10 years ago, now have kids who are texting and driving. Unfortunately, this behavior is second nature – and it needs to stop. The statistics alone are a wake-up call.
- Did you know that texting while driving makes a car accident 23 times more likely? According to the CDC, 9 people are killed every day due to distracted driving. Every year, over 400,000 people are injured in accidents due to someone texting and driving; this total also includes pedestrians and bicyclists.
- On average, it takes about five seconds to read and reply to a text message. When you’re traveling at 55 mph, it takes you just five seconds to travel the length of a football field. The length of a football field, 120 yards, is a lot of distance for a driver to unexpectedly stop, someone to walk in front of you, or for you to miss a traffic control device.
- This unsafe pandemic isn’t just among the younger generation. 48 percent of young drivers have seen their parents drive while talking on the phone, and 15 percent have seen them texting and driving. 27 percent of adults have sent or read received text messages while driving.
Avoid distracted driving in your new Toyota near Orlando
Behind the wheel of the car is one of the most important places where we need to keep our phone out of sight and out of mind. Toyota of Clermont is a big advocate for no texting and driving. All new Toyota cars near Orlando come standard with Bluetooth wireless connectivity so you can stay connected hands-free. If you must get in touch with someone, use the steering wheel-mounted controls, voice recognition, and wireless phone connectivity to make a phone call – all without taking your hands off of the wheel and eyes off of the road.
Set a good example! As an adult, be sure you’re not showing your children in the back seat that it’s OK to text and drive. If you must read or send a text message, ask one of your passengers to be your designated texter, or pull over safely and come to a stop before using your phone.
For more tips to avoid texting and driving, give Toyota of Clermont a call at (888) 590-6090!