There’s a new study from AT&T that shows that adults are way worse about texting and driving than teens. According to USA Today:
Almost half of all adults admit to texting while driving in a survey by AT&T provided to USA TODAY, compared with 43% of teenagers. More than 98% of adults — almost all of them — admit they know it’s wrong. Six in 10 say they weren’t doing it three years ago.
Whoa! That’s a whole lotta people ignoring their own common sense! Even parents text with kids in the car. And the worst part? I’m one of them.
Now, I don’t touch my phone while in in motion but if I’m at a stoplight, I’ll grab it out of habit. I don’t even want to look, there’s nothing I need to know. I just reach for it automatically. It’s a bad habit and it’s past time to break it.
Texting and driving is a major distraction and takes your eyes – and mind – off the road for more time than you think. Again from USA Today:
Researchers at Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds — about as long as it takes to drive the length of a football field at 55 mph. The researchers found that texting creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted.
That’s a serious risk. And one I’m not willing to take any more, especially with my kids in my car. I’ve started leaving my whole bag, with my phone in it, in the trunk. The temptation to grab it is too great and I don’t trust myself to ignore it if it’s within reach. I suppose that means I couldn’t make a call fast in case of emergency. But, since I’m 23 times more likely to have an emergency with my phone in my hand, I’m willing to risk it.
What about you? Do you check your phone in the car?
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