Is it really that important to stay connected during every hour of the day? Many drivers today have such busy lives and never have time to complete the things they need to do in one day’s time. This leaves them to get things done while on the road. Checking texts and social media is a top priority for Americans and since many have smartphones, they will do it on the road. There are many laws being established to try to prevent distracted driving from happening, although they can’t completely stop it.
No matter what age the driver is, under no circumstance should they be texting while driving. Texting or using a cell phone while driving is very hazardous to yourself and the people surrounding you. One reason the majority of people are against this action is because it causes a great amount of car accidents every year. While driving, adults and teenagers cannot resist the urge to pick up their cell phone and send a text or respond to one.
When the driver hears their phone nothing can stop them from checking the notification on their phone. As soon as the driver’s eyes meet their phone, their focus on the road is drawn away. The lives of innocent people are being taken every day due to a simple distraction. Car crashes are four times more common to take place while the driver is on their mobile device over any other causes. Most people don’t seem to realize how careless they can be while driving a car. Talking on a cell phone is not as dangerous as texting these days. While talking on the phone, it is easier to still keep focused on the road in front of the driver. When they engage in a text message, it’s not possible to look in both directions at once; therefore all of their focus goes straight to the screen of the cell phone. It’s hard for all drivers, especially teenagers, to put down the cell phone and put their hands on the wheel, which results in many car crashes.
According to a survey taken by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 52% of drivers on the road today feel at risk when driving compared to five years ago. One year before, only 40% were said to feel unsafe, having a 17% increase from year to year. Not only are distracted drivers harming themselves, yet they are putting every other driver on the road in the same dangerous position without realizing it. Texting while driving puts many drivers’ lives in danger daily. It can harm others on the roads that are doing nothing other than trying to make it to where they’re going safely.