Texting While DrivingGuide To Dangers of Texting When Driving
Thank you for visiting our page on texting while driving where we aim to educate you on the dangers of texting while driving and to provide you with some important texting while driving facts. Texting and driving is not a combination that is recommended to any degree and by doing this you are not only putting your own life at risk but also the lives of those in the car with you and other road users. For those that don’t know we are also going to answer the question ‘what is texting while driving?’.
What is texting while driving?
This question may seem like an obvious one but if you are on this site you may be oblivious to it so we are firstly going to tell you what texting while driving is. The act of texting when driving involves composing, reading, deleting or sending a text message or email on your cell phone or hand held device, while you are driving a motor vehicle. It is a clear and obvious distraction to the road and your ability to drive the motor vehicle in question is severely compromised when you are doing this.
Texting whilst driving is known as ‘distracted driving’, by distracted driving we mean that the driver of a motor vehicle is engaging in an activity that is not fundamental to the operation of the motor vehicle and thus increases the risk of crashing. There are three types of distraction and these are:
- Visual distraction – Taking your eyes off of the road in front of you.
- Cognitive distraction – Taking your mind, or concentration, away from the operation of the vehicle and what is going on outside of it.
- Manual distraction – Taking your hands off of the wheel to do anything other than something that is fundamental to the operation of the motor vehicle such as changing gear.
The most concerning thing about texting while driving is that all three of these distractions take place and this vastly increases the chances of an accident occurring.
There is no real need for texting while driving and if you have to send a text message that urgently then it is not difficult to pull over and do so while the car stationary. By making the conscious decision to send a text message while driving you are purposely putting yourself and other people at risk and the chances of you being involved in a road traffic accident are greatly increased. Do you really want to be the person that is responsible for the death of someone else just because you want to send a text message, no matter how quick it will take, while you are behind the wheel of a motor vehicle?
We are now going to go on to highlight the dangers of texting while driving.
Dangers of texting while driving
To many people, the dangers of texting while driving are obvious but just in case there is any doubt in your mind as to what they might be we have provided you with a clear list below. If you can remember back to when you took your driving lessons and the subsequent test that you would have passed in order to obtain your license, did they say anything you about how it is ok to use a cell phone while you are driving to send text messages? The answer is going to be a unanimous ‘NO’ because to do this is unsafe as it takes your concentration away from the road. Texting while driving is dangerous and every time you do it you take away valuable concentration on the road and control of the vehicle you are driving. Here is a list of the dangers of texting while driving:
- Death or serious injury to you
- Death or serious injury to those in the car with you
- Death or serious injury to other road users
- Death or serious injury to pedestrians
- Damage to your vehicle
- Damage to other vehicles
- Having to face the consequences of getting caught texting whilst driving
Driving a motor vehicle means that you have to react fast in certain situations and if your concentration is not on the road in front of you, but instead on a cell phone because you are texting while driving, then your reaction time is going to be increased. This increase could be the difference between safety and accident and even life and death! You don’t want to get hurt, you don’t want to hurt other people, you don’t want to damage your car, so basically texting while driving is not a smart move as these are texting while driving dangers with every message you send!
The consequences of texting and driving
If you are caught texting and driving at the same time by an officer of the law then there are consequences because in almost every state in America and every country in the world there are strict laws to forbid road users from doing this. The consequences of texting and driving primarily include fines and license suspensions, this varies state by state in America and country by country across the rest of the world.
Of course it is not just the consequences of texting and driving that you should be thinking about, the human cost at stake is what should really be on your mind, these are shown above in our texting while driving dangers section.
Obviously if your actions of texting and driving lead to death or serious injury of another person then you can be charged and sent to jail.
Alternatives to texting while driving a motor vehicle
There are alternatives to texting while driving a motor vehicle and these are to either pull the car over at a safe place and send your text message while the car is stationary, or to buy some sort of hands free kit that you can leave your phone in and you can then make a call instead of sending the text while you are driving.
This means that your hands and eyes are not distracted from the road and these are recommended in many states in North America and other countries across the world as safe alternatives. For more information on hands free kits for cars check out cell phone accessories on a number of sites online such as eBay or any of the major cell phone or electrical retailers.
Texting while driving facts
If you search the internet you will find plenty of texting while driving facts but for exact numbers for any survey or study of your own that you may carry out it is advisable to contact your local or national road safety department of the government as they will be able to provide you with accurate texting and driving statistics.
Here are some texting while driving facts for you to take serious heed of:
- If you are texting and driving at the same time then you are over twenty times more likely to be involved in some sort of road traffic accident than if you were driving normally with your full concentration on the road.
- It only takes a couple of seconds for an accident to happen and that is how long it can take for your full concentration to get back to the road from your cell phone so the chances of your being able to prevent it are almost non-existent if you are texting while driving.
- Younger drivers are more likely to text while driving with surveys showing nearly 40 per cent of people in this age group admitting to doing this. At the other end of the scale less than 5 per cent of 45 to 60 year old’s said that they send text messages while behind the wheel.
- Over 90 per cent of people agree that texting while driving is something that is wrong and not acceptable, almost a third of these people admit that they go ahead and do it anyway, that is staggering!
The main fact that you need to take into consideration when thinking about texting while driving is that your attention is not on the road, or not 100 per cent on the road as it should be. If someone were to pull out in front of you, or a pedestrian walk out in front of you, it is going to be very hard to avoid an accident if you are fully concentrating but impossible to avoid if you are looking at your cell phone.
Another texting while driving fact is that you have a responsibility to yourself, those in the car with you and other road users to be safe and texting while driving is not something that is safe to do.<
There are simply hundreds of different types of cell phones available today, and believe it or not the actual function for text messaging is fundamentally similar on all of them. Every single phone whether it is a touch screen phone, slide phone, flip phone or even an old analogue phone will have a main menu where you will find the option for messages.
The first step is getting to grips with the phone, know what each key/button does and how to manoeuvre around the phone. The better you know your phone the easier it is to learn how to text message on it.
When you have got used to it then you will be able to find the text messaging option without any issue, it is always either one of the main ‘options’ or an option that you can get into from the main screen through any icon labeled ‘text messages’ or ‘SMS messages’.
Texting and driving accidents
If you want to see what texting and driving can do then check out sites such as Youtube that have various videos of texting and driving accident commercials and news articles around the world. These do not necessarily make for pleasant viewing but they do highlight the possible, or should I say likely results of texting while driving.
It is hard to say exactly how many road traffic accidents are caused by texting while driving because not everybody that is responsible for texting and driving accidents is going to admit to being on their phone when the accident happened. As we have previously mentioned, if you are seeking statistics on texting while driving then it is advisable for you to contact the road safety department of local or national government agencies.
More than texting and driving
There is much more to our website than just information on texting and driving although we do hope that you have found what you are looking for and you are not one of the people who thinks that texting while driving is acceptable. On a brighter note why not check out our funny text messages page.