Thumbs Down on Texting While Driving

You know that texting while driving is dumb, dumb, dumb .......... but here are some facts and figures to prove it.

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If texting while driving isn’t dangerous, why have 30 states and Washington, D.C. banned it? Make no mistake: Texting while driving is extremely dangerous.

Here are the facts:

On average, texting causes drivers to look away from the road for 4.6 seconds. At 55 mph, the vehicle travels the length of an entire football field while the driver isn’t looking.

Drivers who text while driving not only have slower reaction times and difficulty staying in their lanes, they are less likely to see exits, red lights, stop signs and visual cues.

Texting while driving increases your chances of a crash by 8 to 23 times.

Drivers who text or read text messages contribute to at least 100,000 car crashes each year, leading to thousands of preventable deaths.

The U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Safety Council, the Federal Communications Commission, the American Automobile Assn., and even the Oprah Winfrey Show all have campaigns to ban texting while driving.

Encourage your drivers to take the pledge today to stay text-free while driving. Click Here to reach the Oprah Pledge.