A couple of weeks ago I published a post about Safe Driving Week. Since safe driving practices are so important, I felt the need to continue this topic in a series of discussions. This second post addresses the topic of texting while driving.
When it comes to driving for business reasons, your employees are your most valuable asset! The way employees drive says everything about you and your company. And texting or talking while driving can certainly affect driving habits. Cell phone use must be addressed when discussing safety tips for driving. Most people know not to use a cell phone, especially texting, while driving. As a matter of fact, the Transportation Department prohibits truckers and bus drivers from doing it.
Due to advancements in technology, texting while driving is on the rise and is increasing day by day. A study by Virginia Tech Driving Institute revealed that those who resort to texting while driving are 23 time more likely to meet with an accident. According to a report by the National Safety Council, 28 percent of car accidents are caused by talking or texting while driving. In another recent survey, 26 percent of cell phone users said that they have texted while driving. According to the Department of Transportation cell phones are involved in 1.6 million accidents a year, causing half a million injuries and 6,000 deaths.
Some studies have suggested that texting or talking on a cell phone while driving is worse than driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, because your mind is preoccupied with a conversation. However, cell phones can actually be an important part of road safety. If you're driving down a road, run into trouble or witness an accident (such as I did) a cell phone can be an invaluable tool. In my opinion, it's really a simple matter of knowing when and when not to use it.
Consider these statistics conducted in a study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI):
• Of all cell phone related tasks - including talking, dialing, or reaching for the phone - texting while driving is the most dangerous.
• One-fifth of experienced adult drivers in the United States send text messages while driving.
• Texting while driving is about 6 times more likely to result in an accident than driving while intoxicated.
• Studies have found that texting while driving causes a 400% increase in time spent with eyes off the road.
• 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.
Many states in the U.S. have passed laws that ban the use of cell phone texting while driving. More and more states are sure to follow and enact cell phone driving laws to combat risks. One thing's for sure, texting and talking behind the wheel lead to driver distraction and inattention.
Coinciding with this topic, I found a great article on texting while driving. Read it by clicking here.