Did you hear? April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Texting is such a commonplace activity that hardly anyone would think twice about checking an incoming message while behind the wheel. In the United States alone, at least 9 people are killed every day due to a distracted driver. How easily we forget that driving is a privilege that should not be taken lightly.
With the alarming statistics for injuries and fatalities caused by distracted driving increasing year after year, law enforcement is cracking down hard on drivers who text/talk and drive. In addition to paying a hefty fine, you may have to make a court appearance in some states. Is that “lol” text really worth it?
Today, in honor of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, we are distilling down the dangers of texting and driving. Here are the reasons not to text and drive:
Dangers of Texting and Driving
- Insurance rates may increase. You think getting a texting and driving citation is bad? Wait until your insurance company finds out about it! Watch as your rates skyrocket or your insurance company drops you from your policy completely because you pose too much of a risk.
- For the safety of your passengers. Transporting another human being is a great responsibility that should not be taken lightly. When you take your eyes off the road to check the text that just popped up, you are not only endangering yourself but the passengers you are transporting!
- For the safety of other drivers. You are not the only person on the road, and your actions not only affect you but all the other drivers and passengers in the vehicles around you. Be cognizant and courteous of the other drivers on the road and refrain from peeking at your phone, even just for a second.
- For pedestrians. Pedestrians are tricky to spot sometimes, because they are much smaller than a car and can pop up out of nowhere. Taking your eyes off the road for even a second can lead to a tragic accident involving a pedestrian.
- For your own safety. We can talk about fines and court appearances, insurance rates and passengers all day long, but when it really comes down to it – the greatest risk you are taking when texting and driving is your own life. By checking the buzz of an incoming text, you are risking your own life, and for what?
How You Can Do Your Part
- Lead by example. No one should text and drive – that much is clear. Be an example for others in the car pull over to a safe place if you need to talk or text. Also, be sure to set rules for yourself and your household regarding distracted driving so that everyone is held to the same standard.
- Become informed and be an active part of the conversation. Don’t be shy! Tell your family, friends, and organizations to which you belong about the importance of driving without distractions. If you have children, take information to their schools and ask that it be shared with students and parents.
By taking a stand against texting and driving, you are becoming an important part of this movement. Be an advocate for the cause this month and share this with your friends and family! Be sure to get a free quote from Metromile to see how much money you could be saving and remember to keep both eyes on the road!
Julianne Cronin is a Bay Area freelance writer, content creator, and founder/editor of the women’s lifestyle site, The Wink. You can find her working on her capsule wardrobe, collecting cacti, and trying out the latest beauty products on Instagram