According to the CDC, distracted driving kills an average of nine people and injures more than 1,000 per day. While there are numerous potential distractions, texting is one of the worst offenders. Since April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, now is a good time to remind yourself not to text and drive and to watch out for others who may be driving while distracted. Doing so can prevent injuries in an auto accident.
The Dangers of Texting & Driving
The dangers of texting and driving are threefold, as it involves every type of driving distraction: taking your eyes off the road, taking one or more hands off the steering wheel, and taking your focus off the task at hand. In fact, texting and driving increases the risk of auto accidents by 23% and causes more accidents and injuries than drunk driving.
In addition to the physical dangers distracted driving poses, there are also penalties for texting and driving. In the state of New York, penalties include points on your driver’s license, steep fines, and even a revocation of your license for multiple convictions within six months. On top of those penalties, you’ll also face increased auto insurance rates.
Why It’s Important to Stay Alert Even When the Weather Is Nice
With the snow and ice of winter behind us, there are fewer hazards to worry about while driving. Unfortunately, this can make drivers too relaxed. Without those hazards to make drivers more cautious and focused, they may spend more time on their phones while they drive.
Not only should you avoid the temptation to text, check Facebook, or handle other tasks on your phone while driving, but you should remain alert when it’s sunny and warm as you would with snow and ice on the ground. Other drivers are unpredictable, and paying attention could make all the difference in an auto accident.
If you find yourself in an auto accident with a distracted driver, turn to the auto body repair experts at Panorama Collision, Inc. in East Rochester, NY. They’ve handled collision repairs for nearly 30 years and offer 24/7 emergency services, so you can get help no matter what time the auto accident occurs. Visit the website for more information, or call (585) 381-8667 to request a free auto repair estimate.