Cell Phones: A Curse on the Road | Mountain West Farm Bureau

Cell Phones: A Curse on the Road

Cell Phones and Driving

Cell phones continue to pose a fatal threat for people on the road. According to CBS News, the newest trend is Driving Selfies. As dangerous as that sounds, you have to wonder why anyone would actually do it. Yet, there are about 72,000 posts on Instagram with hashtags like #DrivingSelfie, #SelfieWhileDriving or even #HopeIDon’tCrash. When AutoInsurance ranked these “selfie” hashtags by state it found that western states such as Nevada, Utah and Wyoming ranked the highest.

The National Safety Council’s fatality estimates show that 40,200 people died on the roads last year, up six percent from 2015, and the first time the annual fatality total has breached the 40,000 mark since 2007. And it’s trending steadily upwards – 14 percent higher since

Are you a guilty if using your phone while driving? Have you told yourself you should stop?

Here are some tips to avoid cell phone usage while driving:

Surprisingly enough, staying off your phone while driving can be quite difficult. After all, once you hear that initial ring or buzz, you’re likely to become instantly distracted and reach for your cell, which means your eyes will pull from the road. If you happen to have this problem, then try one of the following tips:

  • Turn your cell on “silent”
  • Completely turn your cell phone off
  • Put your cell out of reach (i.e. the trunk or glove box)
  • Download an app that prevents you from texting while driving

Facts about Texting while Driving

After viewing the following statistics on texting while driving, you may think twice before you participate in the act, let alone start taking selfies!

  • Text messaging makes a crash up to 23 times more likely to happen.
  • 34 percent of drivers have admitted to texting while driving.
  • Experts say texting while driving is a leading factor in accidents.
  • One in five drivers text while driving.

Any use of your cell phone while driving is dangerous. Because of the facts listed above, many states have outlawed the use of cell phones on the road, while others are trying to accomplish the same feat. If you want to stay safe, and keep your passengers safe, then keep off your cell phone while driving.

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Information from 2017 CBS Interactive Inc. & Virtual Drive

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