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July 26, 2018 | Happenings, Health Advice

Things can change in a split second – Texting While Driving

Texting While Driving

You’ve seen the billboards, bumper stickers, and countless PSAs about why texting while driving is a bad idea. You know the reasons why, but people continue to text while driving. They often tell themselves:

  • Other people are careless, but I am a cautious driver. I know when texting is dangerous and when it’s okay.
  • I have checked the road ahead of me and have a long, clear path.
  • It doesn’t take very long, I’ll look right back up.

Drive Distraction Free
Texting while driving is never okay. Sending or reading a message is not worth the risk of causing an accident. Would you rather wait to read a message, or suffer the consequences for that split second decision.

In most non-residential areas, the speed limit is 45 miles per hour. At that speed, during a one second glance at your phone your car has travel over 60 feet. At higher speeds, like 60 miles per hour, that distance is almost 90 feet (about three school bus lengths). If you are texting, you might not have enough time to react.

Choose a Safer Option
Most phones today can be operated hands-free with voice-activation. You can speak a message to be sent or make a phone call all without taking your hands off the wheel or your eyes off the road.

If there is an urgent situation where you need to communicate, pull over and text from a stationary position. You won’t be risking your life or anyone else’s, and you’ll be setting a good example for other drivers & kids in the car.

Hudson Physicians wants to keep our communities safe by keeping our cell phones put away when driving. Stay safe and don’t become distracted while driving.