Everyone knows that texting while driving is dangerous and at the same time practically everyone is guilty of doing so at one time or another. Since cellphones became mainstream, there have been countless news stories of horrific accidents caused by drivers who choose to get distracted by their phones and suffer the consequences as a result. Car accidents may occur for various reasons, but texting while driving is easily preventable.
The voice in your head that wants you to check or respond to a text message while driving can feel like it’s only getting louder and louder the more you ignore it. However, getting caught up in the texting and driving trap inhibits your response time to real situations happening outside your vehicle (e.g. pedestrians crossing in front of your vehicle, bicyclists, green lights, red lights, making your exit, braking for congested traffic, etc.)
Here are the three major ways texting and driving distracts people:
Getting wrapped up in a text conversation while driving puts everyone on the road at risk. Practice healthy boundaries with your friends and loved ones by letting them know you will not text and drive. Turn your phone on silent to avoid hearing the notifications sound and wanting to respond to it. Play music and focus on the road ahead of you, safety is always worth it.