Texting and driving facts can be sobering. It’s one of the most dangerous behaviors on the road these days. Just how dangerous, though?
Texting and driving facts: Some basics
Here are some benchmark statistics on texting and driving:
- Cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year.
- That results in nearly 330,000 injuries.
- 25% of U.S. car accidents are caused by texting and driving.
- Texting while driving is actually six times more likely to lead to a crash than drunk driving.
- Texting while driving causes a 400% increase in time spent with eyes off the road.
What’s more is the sheer math. When you text and drive, you regularly take your eyes off the road for five seconds. At 55 MPH, you’d travel the length of a football field in that time — without noticing the road in front of you.
The reality of teen drivers
Teen drivers are 4x more likely to get into an accident while driving than adult drivers, and 11 teens die every day from texting while driving.