Texting And Driving Keeps Your Eyes Off The Road For Longer Than You Think

Texting And Driving Keeps Your Eyes Off The Road For Longer Than You Think

Chances are, you have probably either texted while driving or been in a car with a driver who was texting. At any given moment in the daytime across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or focusing on other electronic devices while behind the wheel. And this is a big problem: texting while driving increases the odds of a crash by a staggering 23 times.

According to Distraction.gov, texting is the ultimate form of distracted driving because it involves visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver. If you're driving at 55mph and turn to your phone for the average amount of 5 seconds to text, your car will have traveled the length of a football field completely blind. And those few seconds of blind driving can be deadly. Ten percent of drivers aged 15 to 19 years old who were involved in fatal car crashes were reported as distracted when the accidents occurred. Watch the video below to learn about the "multitasking myth" of texting while driving.

The Multitasking Myth

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Testing Drivers While Text Messaging

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