About 6 years ago our neighbors suffered an unthinkable tragedy. Their daughter, who was heading to her prom, did what so many teenagers do – replied to a text. Unfortunately she was driving at the time and lost control of the car. She never made it to prom, but miraculously survived the disastrous events that followed.
Watching this family go through the pain and suffering that they did was an eye opener. Their daughter will never be the same (she suffered from a traumatic brain injury) and neither will their lives. The story could have ended so much worth, and I know how grateful the family is that it didn’t. If you have a teen driver, or even if you yourself have a habit of reading/responding to text while driving please read this.
There is no text important enough to risk your life or the lives of those around you. Texting can wait until you are safely parked. Texting while driving is more dangerous than driving while under the influence (not recommended either). Some more facts about texting and driving:
- A driver who is texting loses at least 5 seconds of attention to the road. A lot can happen in 5 seconds.
- Texting makes a crash up to 23 times more likely.
- Teens who text while driving spend 10% of the time outside their lane.
- According to AT&T’s Teen Driver Survey, 97% of teens agree that texting while driving is dangerous, yet 43% do it anyway.
- 40% of teens say that they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone.
I came up with a list of safe alternatives to texting while driving that I hope will help keep others safe. If you have any suggestions of your own to prevent others from texting and driving please leave a comment! Be sure to talk to your teens, friends, and family about the dangers of texting while driving.