You know what’s not cool? Driving while distracted. When you’re driving, all of your attention should be on the already millions of things you have focus on. When you drive distracted, you’re so much more likely to get in a serious collision than you are if you’re paying attention to the task at hand (driving).
The following activities increase the likelihood of crashing your vehicle:
- Talking or listening: 1.3x more likely to crash
- Reaching for your device: 1.4x more likely to crash.
- Dialing: 2.8x more likely to crash.
- Texting: 23x more likely to crash.
- Not listening to your friends at Aceable: 100x more likely to crash.
Car crash statistics are scary, but luckily you can help reduce them. If you text while you drive, you’ll spend approximately 10% of your time driving outside of your lane. Obviously, you should be spending 100% of your time in your own lane. When you start to move outside of it, you start to risk hitting something/someone.
Think about it – you’re texting and not paying attention to the road. You slowly move to the outside of your lane without realizing it. Coming up, there’s a person changing out their flat tire on the shoulder. You look up, but it’s too late. Bam. A potentially fatal accident that could have so easily been avoided.
Your goal while driving is to be as safe as possible. I’m not going to say it’s an easy goal, with everything that you have to focus on, but it is essential to ensure the safety of you and the people around you. To make reaching this goal easier, eliminate distractions and stay off the phone until you get to where you’re going.