Texting while driving is an ever increasing danger on our roads. Auto insurance for new and usually young drivers will continue to be expensive unless the majority of drivers stop texting and driving simultaneously and change their other bad driving habits. Not every young person is a bad driver, but the majority of them are not as good as they should be. The young should be better drivers than older drivers. After all, the young have much faster reflexes than older persons.
Notably among young drivers, texting while driving is causing drivers to zone out for several seconds at a time while driving. This loss of concentration is the cause of hundreds of vehicle accidents, and some of them are fatal. Texting while driving has been cited by insurance companies and police as being equivalent to:
- Taking your eyes off the road for an average of 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving blind the length of a football field.
- Driving after drinking four bottles of beer. Your reflexes slow down and you are in no condition to take evasive action which may save your life.
REMEMBER: Texting while driving can make you 23 times more likely to crash. In the USA, car crashes kill an average of 11 teens each day. Distracted driving injures 330,000 people every year. Think before you text.