Driving and Cell Phone Tips

Cell phones and mobile devices, particularly smart phones, have become a ubiquitous part of our daily lives.

The hard fact is most people use these devices even while they're driving creating a major problem with cell phone use and text messaging on the road: it distracts a driver from his or her appointed duty, which is the safe operation of the vehicle. Drivers who operate mobile devices are not able to fully concentrate and thus endanger themselves as well as their passengers.

Using a cell phone while driving may not be in and of itself the most dangerous thing you can do but since it is so prevalent, it has become a far too common cause of collisions and near-collisions.

Here are some interesting facts on this ever-increasing phenomenon:

  • People who use cell phones while driving are four times more likely to become involved in an accident serious enough to injure themselves.
  • At least 1.6 million crashes (28 percent of all crashes) are caused by cell phone distractions such as talking and texting.
  • Studies found that drivers who texted while driving took their eyes off the road for more than five seconds at a time, long enough to travel 100 yards on the freeway.
  • Talking on a cell phone while driving is the same as driving drunk even if a hands-free device is utilized.
  • It takes someone distracted by a cell phone 18 percent longer to brake and 17 percent longer to regain their speed.
  • An astounding 80 percent of crashes and 65 percent near-crashes are caused by driver inattention within three second of the accident.
  • Cell phone use accounts for the most common distraction but is less likely than other distractions to cause a crash or near-crash.

The best advice for using a cell phone while driving is simple: don't do it. If you really must use your phone to make a call or text a message, you should first safely park your vehicle so you can concentrate completely on the task at hand.