What To Know: The Dangers Of Texting & Driving

We have all heard about the dangers of talking on your cell phone while driving and the increased chances of being involved in an accident. However, the dangers of talking on your cell phone while driving are just the tip of the iceberg.

It may not even be just the texting that is an issue. In fact, social media is a big issue with smartphones as you may not even be actually texting and you may be scrolling through your favorite social media platform. The worst part about this is that we know texting and driving is extremely dangerous, yet we do it anyway. Maybe it is out of habit, or maybe it is us not wanting to miss anything or to be the first to know something when it happens.

Facts About Texting & Driving

  • Texting & driving is the cause of more than 3,000 teen deaths per year.
  • 1.6 million auto crashes per year are caused by cell phone usage and are responsible for more than 6,000 deaths per year.
  • On average, checking your phone or sending a text will take your eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds each time.

It is not just teens that are to blame! Teens have to learn from somewhere, right? Usually, teens learn from their parents or adult figures in their life. So, if you are parents reading this, then you will want to teach by example, and that means that your phone can wait until you are stopped or when your trip is over. Make sure that your teen drivers know the statistics involved with cell phone usage and driving.

Texting & Driving Will Cost You

Not only will texting and driving put your life and the life of your passengers at greater risk, but it can also take a hit on your pockets. Maryland and just about every other state in the United States have taken a stance against texting and driving, and will issues fines and tickets upon catching you while on your phone and driving. Another recent change in the Maryland State laws is that points will also be issued to your driver’s license as well. This will ultimately cost your auto insurance premiums to rise drastically and will remain that way for at least three years from the date of the infraction.

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