The heaviest smartphone users are touching, clicking or sliding their device screens about 5,427 times a day. Every aspect of our lives has been made simpler and easily accessible with our cell phones. Scheduling, socializing, working, communicating, watching, reading- all done with that small piece of technology that is constantly within reach. Americans also spend about 17,600 minutes driving each year. With all of this time being spent on driving and interacting with our smartphones, it is unfortunately fair to assume that these two activities are overlapping on a daily basis.
Both new drivers and old drivers are driving with their phones in their laps, hands or passenger seat. When the phone lights up from a notification of any sort, drivers are tempted to investigate. It is easy to forget that a car can become a dangerous weapon when a person’s attention is lost. Texting and driving is one of the most common reasons for car collision. But damage to your vehicle is the least of your problems in these car collisions. Texting and driving can take lives of drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. Want to avoid collisions from texting and driving? Keep your phone in the middle console or glove compartment while you are driving. Today’s cars make it even easier to avoid collision. With voice calling, and phone buttons on your steering wheel, there is no reason to have your cellphone in your hand while you’re on the road. Don’t wait for that one text or glance at your phone to cause a terrible car collision- it can wait!