Who’s Texting and Driving? It’s Not Who You Think

You may assume it’s only those crazy teens who can’t keep their hands off their phones while behind the wheel, but according to research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety it is adults ages 25-39 who were most likely to report that they text while driving. Those over 60 were least likely to text and drive.

It’s a risky behavior. If you spend five seconds with your eyes off the road while you are traveling at 55 mph, you will travel the length of the football field. There are some simple remedies to this distracting and potentially dangerous activity:

  • Turn off your phone or put it in the trunk before you start the car.
  • There are several apps available that you can use to help you. DriveModeDriveScribe, TxtShield, Live2Txt, Canary, and SafeDrive are just a few available for iPhones or Android smart phones.
  • If you’re traveling with a friend, let them answer your phone or send texts.

Using these measures can potentially save you from a wreck and can also serve as an example to your children, who may pick up the bad habit from you and put themselves in danger.