Independent agencies representing Auto-Owners Insurance across the country are joining together to share the importance of not texting while driving with their communities.
Driver distraction is a leading cause of car accidents. Each year, cell phone technology becomes more complex and becomes more integrated into our daily lives. This leads to an increase in distracted driving, particularly related to cell phone use.
- Texting while driving increases the risk of accident 23.2 times over unimpaired driving
- Texting while driving results in longer response times than even drunk driving
- In the moments before an accident, drivers spend almost 5 seconds looking at their phones, which is enough time to cover more than the length of a football field going normal highway speeds
- Though 95% of drivers surveyed said texting behind the wheel was unacceptable and unsafe, at least 21% admit doing it anyway
* Facts above taken from a study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.