It’s no secret to anyone these days that much too many drivers are using their phone while behind the wheel. Just look around; it is almost a guarantee that you will see at least one driver using a cell phone your next time on the road- there is a possibility it is you. You know why? Because more than one out of every 10 drivers behind the wheel will be on their cell phone at any given time! Talk about scary! But why do we continue to pollute the safety of our transportation when there are gobs and gobs of advertisements warning us of the dangers of texting while driving? The world is so connected now-a-days that drivers can’t resist the urge to stay off their cell phone during that short time period that they are behind the wheel. This results in putting their life and others’ lives in danger. Don’t lie to yourself, we have all used a cell phone while driving in times when we deemed it to be “safe”, and even in times where we could not truthfully call it “safe”. Have you ever gone from Point A to Point B, and when you reached your destination, the drive to Point B seemed like a blur? That is a tell-tale sign that you might be too distracted at the wheel. The truth of the matter is, it is never safe. Here are some eye-popping statistics courtesy of Edgar & Snyder Associates to prove it:
- At any given time during daylight hours, 660,000 drivers in the United States use cell phones. Whether it’s texting, taking a phone call, or sending emails, cell phone use is associated with higher rates of dangerous or fatal car crashes.
- Texting while driving makes a driver 23x more likely to crash.
- Drivers talking on a cell phone are 4x more likely to have a car accident.
- Talking on a cell phone while driving can make a young driver’s reaction time as slow as that of a 70 year old.
- Answering a text takes away your attention for about five seconds. That is enough time to travel the length of a football field.
- Studies have found that texting while driving causes a 400% increase in time spent with eyes off the road.
- 94% of drivers support bans on texting while driving.
- 74% of drivers support bans on hand-held cell phone use.
- The United States Department of Transportation notes that cell phones are involved in 1.6 million auto crashes each year that cause a half million injuries and take 6,000 lives.
- According to FocusDriven, up to 80 percent of all crashes involve some form of driver distraction.
- During any pint of the day, 11 percent of drivers are talking on their cell phones according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Those numbers don’t lie. Using your cell phone while behind the wheel makes getting into a vehicle exponentially more terrifying for everyone else. Those statistics are my new nightmare.
- According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, texting while driving kills 11 teens each day.
- In a AAA poll, 94% of teens called texting and driving a serious threat, but 35% admitted to doing it anyway.
- 11% drivers ages 15 – 19 involved in fatal crashes were reported to be distracted.
- 21% of distracted teen drivers involved in fatal accidents were distracted by cell phones.
- Teen drivers are 4x more likely than adults to get into car crashes or near-crashes when talking or texting on a cell phone.
- A teen driver riding with one other passenger doubles the risk of being involved in a fatal car crash. With two or more passengers, a fatal accident is 5x as likely.
- 46% of drivers under 18 admit to texting while driving.
- Over 60% of American teens admit to risky driving, and nearly half of those admit to texting behind the wheel.
And that’s just for drivers who are just learning the ins and outs of the road, they sure do not need another distraction such as cell phones causing their focus to be somewhere else. Scary stuff. More than 4.7 million people have taken the pledge not to text and drive, but it doesn’t seem to lower the number of people distracted by phones on the road. That is because saying is a lot different than DOING. Here are a couple of tips from Scouting Magazine to help you stay off your phone while driving:
- Store your phone in the glove box or trunk. As they say, “out of sight, out of mind.”
- Use “X” or #X as a signal that you’re driving. By ending a text conversation with the letter “X” or tweeting with #X, you’ve just told your friends and family that it’s time to stop messaging and start driving. Train them to know that signal.
- Give your phone to someone else. If you’re driving with others, let them keep you focused on the road.
- Put your phone on Do Not Disturb and face down in the passenger seat. This is what I like to do. I’ll silence my iPhone and put it face down so I won’t see the screen. Then I turn on some good music and just drive.
- Draw X’s on your thumbs. This might be a little extreme, but it’s a visual reminder to stop typing and start driving.
- Let technology help keep you honest. AT&T Drive Mode and other apps block texting while driving and let others know you’re on the road. Yahoo has a rundown of other good ones.
Some of these tactics may be cheesy, but someday they could save your life. In addition, there are other products and technology to help you keep your hands off your cell phone and on the wheel. Among the thousands of smart phone apps available on the market today that bring you safe ways to effectively use your phone while driving, many of us choose to ignore them. Some of them are very ingenious. Take for example, the new Waze navigation smart phone app. According to its website, Waze is now the largest community-based traffic and navigation app available on the Android or Apple market. It’s really actually pretty cool. The app can do many things. Among them, you can get alerted before you approach police, accidents, road hazards or traffic jams, all shared by other drivers in real-time. It’s like a personal heads-up from a few million of your friends on the road. In addition to all that, it could probably save you a few bucks each time you fill up your gas tank as well. Waze has a system that tells you where the cheapest gas in your area is located. But even with smartphone apps built for safety, technically, you still have to put some attention towards using the app, which might not be considered all-that safe to some. For those people, we at Wearable Imaging, Inc. promotional products in Orange County introduce to you our Clip-It Vent Mount! The Clip-It Vent Mount’s core job is to hold your phone while you drive so that you don’t have to. While placing your phone in a cup holder may do a satisfactory job of holding your phone, it is still out of view when you need smart phone navigation. The Clip-It Vent Mount is the only true form of hands-free navigation. Currently, Wearable Imaging, Inc. is running a special on the Clip-It Vent Mount for a very competitive price of $2.99 each (minimum quantity of 100 purchased). This special includes a FREE setup charge with your full color logo. That deal is tough to say no to! However, be quick; because this awesome offer ends on April 15, 2015! It is a very simple-to-use product that comes in handy for so many occasions while on the road. To use, simply clip the product onto your car’s air conditioning vent, insert any kind of smart phone into the adjustable, non-skid rubber grips, and go! The secure vent clip design guarantees that your phone will not fall out. No more looking down into your lap while driving! That style has got to go! It is dangerous to you, your passengers, others on the road, and especially pedestrians. Texting and driving has taken too many lives- young and old. It is time to do the right thing and give-up using your cell phone while behind the wheel of a vehicle. Every text message can wait, nothing you are doing on your phone while on the road is worth another person’s life.