Did you know that car accidents are the leading cause of teenage death in the United States? Further, did you know that over 75% of traffic crashes are a result of distracted drivers? While it is true that the primary source of distraction for teens is texting, there are plenty of other distractions.
Here are a few more statistics related to driving distractions:
- If you reach for a dropped CD while driving, you are nine times more likely to be in a car crash.
- If you try to read while behind the wheel, you are four times more likely to be involved in a traffic accident.
- If you try to apply makeup or other personal grooming behavior, you triple your chances of having a car accident.
- If you try to eat while behind the wheel, you nearly double your chances of crashing.
Here’s the true game changer: you are 23 times more likely to be in a vehicle accident if you attempt to text and drive.
These statistics should ensure that every driver – teens and adults, alike – stay alert while behind the wheel of a vehicle. It may take a second to do a simple task while driving, but it also only takes a second for a vehicle to swerve in front of you or for another event to occur that could cause you to have an accident.