VIDEO: Real-Life Texting and Driving Challenge

April is Distracted Driving Awareness month.

A non-profit group in Belgium set out to prove that texting and driving is not as easy as you might think, so they set up this course and made young drivers text while driving their driver’s license course. The instructor told the young drivers that they had to be able to text and drive in order to obtain their license.

Video Credit: RYDBELGIUM

TEXTING AND DRIVING STATISTICS:

Teens often get a bad rap for texting while driving, and many admit to doing so, but according to a recent AT&T survey, adults admit to texting while driving more often than teens- 49% of adults admitted to texting while driving, compare to 43% of teens.

Despite increased awareness of the dangers of texting and driving, more and more commuters have picked up the habit. When the survey was done three years ago, sixty percent of drivers said they had never texted while driving.

Statistics have shown that texting while driving is more dangerous than drinking and driving.

Texting While Driving Causes:

1. 1,600,000 accidents per year – National Safety Council
2. 330,000 injuries per year – Harvard Center for Risk Analysis Study
3. 11 teen deaths EVERY DAY – Ins. Institute for Hwy Safety Fatality Facts
4. Nearly 25% of ALL car accidents

Texting While Driving Is:

1. About 6 times more likely to cause an accident than driving intoxicated
2. The same as driving after 4 beers – National Hwy Transportation Safety Admin.
3. The number one driving distraction reported by teen drivers

Texting While Driving:

1. Makes you 23X more likely to crash – National Hwy Transportation Safety Admin.
2. Is the same as driving blind for 5 seconds at a time – VA. Tech Transportation Institute
3. Takes place by 800,000 drivers at any given time across the country
4. Slows your brake reaction speed by 18% – HumanFactors & Ergonomics Society
5. Leads to a 400% increase with eyes off the road

Source: Textinganddriving