Facts of Distracted Driving

Facts of Distracted Driving


What is Distracted Driving? Driving while engaged in any activity that could divert your attention away from driving. Some of the facts Distracted Driving can cause are the following

  • Texting while driving makes a crash up to 23 times more likely to occur.
  • Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting.
  • At 55mph, five seconds is enough time to cover a football field.
  • Talking on a cell phone creates risks like driving with .08 blood alcohol level.
  • Talking on a cell phone can slow a young driver’s reaction time down to that of a 70-year-old.
  • Talking on the phone reduces brain activity devoted to driving by 37%
  • Each day in the United States, more than 9 people are killed and 1,153 are injured in crashes that involve a distracted driver.
  • With 1 in 5 crashes in Texas caused by distracted driver based on Texas Department of Transportation.
  • In 2016, based on TxDOT there were 109,658 crashes in Texas related to distracted driving – up 3% over 2015.

The common distractions could be simple actions like texting, eating or drinking, personal grooming, using a navigation system, watching a video, adjusting a radio or MP3 player, Snapchat and Twitter.

We know it’s risky, but we still drive distracted, why? Here are some of the reason we say ourselves: “I am a good driver”, “I drive more carefully when driving distracted”, “I can multi-task”, “I have to—I’m so busy”, “Everyone does it”, “Nothing bad will happen” or even “It’s just for a few seconds”

We would like to recommend you a few tips to avoid distracted driving:

  • Drive without sending or receiving.
  • Call/text before I start driving to let parents, friends and others know when I’ll arrive.
  • Figure out directions before you leave.
  • Pull over to a safe location to check texts or listen to voice mail.

Who has ever been scared when driven by a distracted driver? Focus on the road for distracted driver, you can be the next victim!!!!!!!

In our agency we care about you, call us at (512) 331-1513 set an appointment to review your auto policy coverage and make sure you are protected against the unexpected.

Cestari insurance Agency


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