Do you ever text while you’re driving? According to a new survey, if you do, you’re not alone. The independent research organization, Toluna, conducted an online survey, and found that 60 percent of teens (ages 16-19) text while they’re driving.
The survey was aimed at all age groups and found that 26 percent of all drivers text while driving. It also found that Tennessee is the worst state when it comes to texting while driving (42 percent of people there do it).
Interestingly enough, the survey also found that 83 percent of people think that texting while driving is dangerous and should be banned.
So what does that mean? Even though most survey respondents think it’s dangerous, a quarter of them still do it.
So what are parents and companies doing to keep you from texting while driving? New technologies are available that can block your cell phone signal so you can only make emergency phone calls. There are also black boxes, so your parents can see what you’re doing while you’re driving.
Peer-to-peer programs like Teens in the Driver Seat (TDS) are also making teens more aware of the dangers of texting while driving. In some TDS schools cell phone use while driving has dropped by 30 percent.
The bottom line is that when you’re in the driver’s seat, you should be concentrating on driving. To read more about the dangers of texting while driving check out the top five major crash risks.