When you do the math, cell phones and driving just don't add up.
Americans send more than 200 trillion text messages a year,1 with teens accounting for an average 60 texts a day.2
Unfortunately, many of these communications occur from behind the wheel. That's a scary thought when you consider that texting requires simultaneous manual, visual and cognitive actions – the same ones used for driving your car.
Just how risky is too much technology in your travel? Consider these staggering statistics:
Sending a text takes a driver's eyes off the road an average of 4.6 seconds. At 55 mph, that's the equivalent of driving the length of an entire football field – BLIND! 3
On an average day, 15 people are killed and more than 1,200 injured in crashes involving a distracted driver. 4
Forty percent of all American teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger. 5
1 Source: CTIA, the Wireless Association
2 Source: Pew Research Center
3 Source: Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
4 Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
5 Source: Pew Research Center