Texting and Driving 2022 Facts & Statistics | Bankrate (2023)

Although 48 states have texting and driving laws in place, many American drivers still take part in this dangerous practice daily. When driving during the day, there are an estimated 354,415 drivers holding a phone to their ear, and even more using them while driving, according to the NHTSA. While these figures have decreased from 2019 to 2.6% and 2.8%, respectively, in 2020, the CDC estimates that around 3,000 people die each year from texting and driving and other distracted driving practices. Use these texting and driving statistics as a reminder and to encourage others to avoid driving distracted.

Top texting and driving statistics and facts

  • 660,000 of drivers are using their cell phones while operating a vehicle at any moment in the day. (NHTSA)
  • 60% of teens 18 and older admit to emailing or texting and driving compared to 16% of 15- and 16-year-olds (CDC)
  • Texting while driving has the same effect on your driving reaction time as if you had consumed four beers in a single hour. (Drivesafeonline.org)
  • Texting distracts you long enough to travel the length of an entire football with your eyes off the road, driving at 55 mph. (NHTSA)
  • 35% of teens admit to texting and driving, even though 94% of them understand the dangers. (AAA)
  • 1 in 4 teens admit to responding to at least one text every time they drive. (AAA)
  • 10% of parents and 20% of teens admit to having multi-text conversations while driving. (AAA)
  • Teens who text while driving spend an average of 10% of their driving time outside of traffic lanes. (Drivesafeonline.org)
  • Between 2012 and 2019, nearly 26,004 people died in crashes involving a distracted driver. During this time, distraction-related fatalities increased by 10%. (S. Department of Transportation)
  • Almost 9% of all fatalities are linked to distracted driving. (U.S. DOT)
  • 16- to 24-year-old drivers have been observed using handheld electronic devices while driving at higher rates than older drivers have since 2007. (U.S. DOT)
  • 9% of drivers 15 to 19 years old involved in 2019 fatal crashes were reported as distracted. (U.S. DOT)
  • In 2019, there were 566 nonoccupants (pedestrians, bicyclists, and others) killed in crashes involving a distracted driver. (U.S. DOT)

Texting and driving deaths per year

How many people die from texting and driving per year? About 400 fatal crashes happen each year as a direct result of texting and driving. That number increases to over 30,000 when you consider distracted driving as a whole, according to the NHTSA. While texting and driving accidents are decreasing in recent years, overall fatal crashes due to distracted driving are on the rise.

In the most recent available data, you can see that texting and driving deaths were on the rise in 2013, peaked in 2015 and 2016 and dropped in 2017. There was a sharp drop in 2018 and then a small spike in 2019.

YearTexting and driving deaths
2019387
2018356
2017418
2016453
2015453
2014387
2013411

Source: NHTSA

What are the dangers of texting and driving?

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) says that it takes about five seconds to read a text. During that time, you drive about the length of a football field at around 55mph, which is 360 feet — quite a long way to have your eyes off the road.

The issue is not just the momentary lapse in attention, but also the additional time it takes for your eyes to reorient to the road and the other cars around you. Once a driver uses their phone, it can take up to 27 seconds for the mental distraction to wear off, according to the AAA Foundation. This is known as the “hangover effect.”

Teens and young drivers are especially susceptible to the dangers of texting and driving when they have fewer years of experience under their belt. This inexperience, coupled with a lack of advanced driving skills, can equate to more accidents, and sadly, more fatalities amongst this age group.

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Other drivers are not the only ones that you risk hurting on the road. The NHTSA reports that, in 2019, 723 passengers, 462 pedestrians and 77 bicyclists were all killed by distracted driving. The age group with the highest rate of drivers causing a fatal crash was under 20 at 9%, followed by 7% in the 25 to 34 age group and 6% in both the 21 to 24 and 75 and older age groups.

The history of texting and driving

Texting capabilities were not introduced until the early 1990s, but it has gradually become a dangerous and even fatal distraction for some. Take a trip down memory lane from the early days of texting to the current trends we see today in nearly every cell phone user.

The 90’s

Texting was not very common when it was first introduced in 1993. While capabilities were limited and nothing like what we see today, it was the beginning of a dangerous trend.

In 1997, the first phone equipped with a keyboard was introduced, making texting easier and more “convenient.”

Texting was finally available across all networks in 1999. At the time, phone plans typically came with limited talk time. College kids began taking advantage of the quick and inexpensive option of texting.

There are several reasons why texting has really taken off. It’s a faster method of communication that offers the privacy of a phone call without the same time and attention demand. It’s also cheaper. Cell phone users quickly found that their providers were more generous with text message allotments than they were minutes. To stay within their plans, subscribers began relying on texting as a primary and more affordable means of communication.

The early 2000’s

Texting took off in the early 2000s, with over 250 billion text messages sent worldwide by 2002. In 2007, Americans sent more texts in a month than they made in monthly calls for the first time in history.

That same year, GPS navigation became mainstream, giving drivers another distraction on the road. To program an address, it takes approximately 40 seconds, and another 13 seconds to refocus on driving. This makes using a GPS as dangerous or even more so than texting and driving.

Modern day

Texting and driving is still a problem, with 39% of high schoolers admitting to texting and driving behind the wheel. Over the years, cell phone use has changed with the sharp increase in social media platforms available.

For instance, TikTok challenges and users posting videos while they’re driving has increased cell phone usage. Of people aged 18-29, 96% have a smartphone and their usage of it has increased over time, leading to the highest dependency of all age groups.

As much as 72% of Americans use social media, with 84% of users in the 18-29 age group. Facebook, SnapChat and Instagram are the most commonly used platforms, with over half checking the platforms daily. Teens between 15-18 spend about 7.5 hours daily in front of screens, with close to three-in-ten adult Americans online “almost constantly.”

Safe driving technology

Modern technology is increasing the options for safer communication. Apps like DriveMode sense how fast a person is going, silencing text and phone alerts above 15 mph when a person is assumed to be in a car. Other apps allow drivers to compete against each other for the safest driving habits, or earn insurance discounts for reducing their risk on the road through telematics programs.

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Most cell phones will now read your texts aloud to you with a simple prompt of “read my text messages,” and most keyboards now offer a voice-to-text tool that allows users to speak their texts instead of typing them. Keep in mind that voice-to-text technology can still distract you from the road.

Risk factors of texting and driving

All age groups are guilty of texting and driving, but data from the NHTSA shows that some groups are far more active than others.

Drivers between the ages of 25 and 34 far exceed the usage of older adults, with the 35-44 and 15-20 age groups also showing greater cell phone use while driving. The risk of texting and driving begins to decrease after 45, showing that drivers ages 45 years and up are more responsible on the road and less likely to end up in a car crash due to texting and driving.

2019 Fatal Crashes by Age Group

Age GroupNumber% of Drivers Using Cell Phones
15-206617%
21-246116%
25-349023%
35-447920%
45-544812%
55-64328%
65-74103%
75+31%
Total390100%

Source: NHTSA

The CDC offers some additional insight into how frequently teenagers use their phones behind the wheel. Its 2019 report studies how frequently teens use their phones to email or text behind the wheel. Data from 2013 to 2019 shows a slight decrease, though it is small enough that the CDC shows no change in trend.

Teen Behaviors

Emailed while driving
201341.4%
201541.5%
201739.2%
201939%

Source: CDC

The consequences of texting and driving

Texting while driving is considered a moving traffic violation. Depending on where you live, texting while driving may also be considered a Class B or Class C criminal misdemeanor.

Currently, almost every state has some kind of law that addresses texting and driving or handheld use. Many states have looked to financial penalties as a reasonable consequence for texting and driving. Penalties range from $20 to $500, depending on the state, but in some states like Alaska and Iowa, fines can reach as high as $1,000 and mean a misdemeanor offense.

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Additional possible penalties for texting and driving can include:

  • Points on your driving record
  • Suspension of your driver’s license
  • Revocation of driving privileges
  • Mandatory driver safety courses
  • Vehicle impoundment

When bodily injury is involved, offenders of texting and driving may also face jail or prison time. Penalties vary, but commercial drivers and school bus drivers are commonly held to stricter penalties due to the public nature of their positions. Consequences heighten in severity when you have repeated offenses.

Texting and driving laws state by state

Laws vary by state, so it’s crucial to review the specific texting and driving laws that affect your area. This is a comprehensive, state-by-state listing of current U.S. texting and driving laws from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).

  • StateHandheld BanType of LawText Messaging BanType of Law
    Alabama16- and 17-year-old drivers holding license less than 6 monthsXPrimary
    AlaskaXXPrimary
    ArizonaXPrimary, drivers under 18XPrimary
    ArkansasXPrimary: 18-20 years; Secondary: school and work zonesXPrimary
    CaliforniaXPrimaryXPrimary
    ColoradoPrimaryXPrimary
    ConnecticutXPrimaryXPrimary
    DelawareXPrimaryXPrimary
    District of ColumbiaXPrimaryXPrimary
    FloridaPrimary: school and work zonesXPrimary
    GeorgiaXPrimaryXPrimary
    GuamXPrimaryXPrimary
    HawaiiXPrimaryXPrimary
    IdahoXXPrimary
    IllinoisXPrimary: 19 and youngerXPrimary
    IndianaXPrimary: driver under 21XPrimary
    IowaXPrimary
    KansasXPrimary
    KentuckyXPrimary
    LouisianaXPrimary: drivers in school zones, learner or intermediate licenseXPrimary
    MaineXPrimaryXPrimary
    MarylandXPrimaryXPrimary
    MassachusettsXPrimaryXPrimary
    MichiganXPrimary
    MinnesotaXPrimaryXPrimary
    MississippiXPrimary
    MissouriXPrimary
    Montana
    NebraskaXSecondary
    NevadaXPrimaryXPrimary
    New HampshireXPrimaryXPrimary
    New JerseyXPrimaryXPrimary
    New MexicoXPrimary
    New YorkXPrimaryXPrimary
    North CarolinaXPrimary
    North DakotaXPrimary
    OhioXSecondary, Primary under 18
    OklahomaXPrimary: learner or intermediate licenseXPrimary
    OregonXPrimaryXPrimary
    PennsylvaniaXPrimary
    Puerto RicoXPrimaryXPrimary
    Rhode IslandXPrimaryXPrimary
    South CarolinaXPrimary
    South DakotaXPrimary, Secondary for learner’s and intermediate licensed
    TennesseeXPrimaryXPrimary
    TexasXPrimary: school crossing zones and on public school property onlyXPrimary
    UtahXPrimary
    VermontXPrimaryXPrimary
    Virgin IslandsXPrimaryXPrimary
    VirginiaXPrimaryXPrimary
    WashingtonXPrimaryXPrimary
    West VirginiaXPrimaryXPrimary
    WisconsinXPrimary: highway construction zonesXPrimary
    WyomingXPrimary

Source: GHSA

How texting and driving impacts car insurance rates

Car insurance premiums are all based on risk, calculated for each individual based on a specific set of rate factors that determine how much you pay for your coverage each year. This includes everything from where you live and the kind of car you drive to your credit score (in most states), driving history and claims record.

It’s typically a good idea to shop and compare car insurance quotes each year to find the best car insurance provider for you. Car insurance can get particularly pricey when you have a texting and driving offense on your driving record, so be sure to also consider the cheapest car insurance companies in your state to find a policy that’s affordable for you.

North Carolina is one example of how distracted driving, including texting and driving, impacts rates. The North Carolina Rate Bureau, who represents the insurance companies operating in the state, requested an average 7.6% rate increase in 2019. The North Carolina insurance commissioner approved an average increase of 1.6%, which began in October 2019. An ongoing increase in the rate of accidents due distracted driving contributed to the increase request.

Though North Carolina has since banned texting while driving, it has yet to pass a handheld ban. The Hands Free NC Act was first introduced in 2019 and then again in 2021, though it has been shelved until 2022. The Act would make it illegal to use the phone while “supported by the body,” which would include using your shoulder to talk on the phone, for example. Using social media, taking videos and other actions would also be banned.

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How to prevent texting and driving

Governments and organizations can do their best to deter the practice with harsh penalties and required driver education, but the truth is that it is a personal habit that you have to commit to breaking yourself. The easiest and simplest way to prevent texting and driving is don’t text and drive.

It’s easier said than done, but these are some tips to help you stop texting and driving when you are behind the wheel.

    • Texting and driving doesn’t just mean sending an errant text while you’re cruising down the road. Instead, it’s become a broad term used to describe a number of different behaviors involving your cell phone. Texting and driving can also refer to emailing, calling or using social media like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or TikTok.

    • Check your messages and respond if necessary before driving. If you expect an immediate response, let the recipient know you’re driving now and will get back to them when you are at your destination.

    • You can’t use your phone if you can’t reach it, so put it in the glove box, the backseat or even the trunk, so you are not tempted to reach for it while you’re driving.

    • Whether you use your phone’s navigation or your car’s GPS, be sure to prepare and review your directions before you depart. It can be very dangerous to fumble with directions and drive in traffic at the same time, easily leading to an accident. Instead, take a minute to bring up your directions before you leave so you can have a smooth journey ahead.

    • Today, many phone manufacturers help deter texting and driving by offering a “Do Not Disturb” or DriveMode function. This function sets up a quiet mode, silencing incoming notifications while the feature is enabled. You will still receive messages, but they are held for later review once you’re done driving. You can sometimes enable these settings to send an automated text response to calls or incoming messages that you are driving and will answer later.

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    • Don’t text behind the wheel when others are in your vehicle and refuse to respond to messages when you know a loved one is driving. For parents, this is essential with teen drivers present.

    • Parents have the combined role of both educator and enforcer at home, so it’s critical that parents take an active role in their family’s safety. Be sure to properly educate your children on the dangers of texting behind the wheel, including sharing texting and driving facts and statistics. You can also bring it up in conversation with friends to spread awareness of the risks associated with this activity.

Apps to prevent texting and driving

Some apps are designed specifically to help drivers on the road and potentially reduce texting and driving habits.

App nameiOSAndroidDescription
AT&T DriveModeTo encourage responsible cell phone use, AT&T offers its DriveMode app for both Android and iOS. This app can detect when you’re in motion, sending an automated reply that you’re driving and will respond later. Bilingual capabilities for both English and Spanish are available, and parents especially love the additional security features, which gives you insight into your child’s usage and whether the app is even enabled.
Down for the CountTurn safe driving into a game with this fun app. Set a safe driving goal, and then get your family and friends involved by asking them to sponsor you. The app will track your driving habits and report back on what you are doing well and areas where you can improve. Once you reach your goal, you can cash in your winnings. Prizes are delivered via a gift card of your choosing, with available options from your favorite restaurant, retail and financial providers.
LifeSaverSometimes, we don’t even think to check our phones until the flash of a new notification piques our curiosity and we fall victim to temptation. LifeSaver quietly works in the background of your phone, sensing when you are in movement and automatically silencing all incoming notifications. Even if you try to use your phone while you are in motion, all you will receive in response is a locked screen until you are finished driving. In the meantime, you can still receive calls and use your phone as a passenger.
MojoMojo is another app allowing you to collect rewards for practicing safe driving habits. Earn a point per minute where you don’t engage while driving, and use those points to win prizes. Get more points for inviting friends and competing to see who is the safest driver.
MOTOVATEEarn rewards for safe driving, which can be cashed in once you rack up points. MOTOVATE silences notifications while driving to remove the temptation. You can create a team with friends or family for further motivation and accountability.
This App Saves LivesSave lives and earn great rewards from your favorite brands simply by staying off your phone while driving. It encourages users to choose to not use your phone for anything other than navigation, music or hands-free calls. As you do this, you earn points which are redeemable for many different rewards like Insomnia Cookies, Urban Outfitters and others.
TrueMotion FamilyThis app will score you based on your driving practices after logging each trip, noting potential distracted driving moments. Family members can share locations, review trip history and compare driving scores.

Bottom Line

With virtually the entire country having banned texting while driving, the simple solution is: don’t text and drive. Unfortunately, the simplest solution is sometimes the hardest. By using apps and practicing safe driving habits, you can break the cycle of distracted driving. Avoid having your phone within arm’s reach if you cannot resist temptation. If you use your phone for GPS, set it before driving and put on Do Not Disturb to silence notifications until you safely reach your destination. These texting and driving facts and statistics can serve as a reminder for why avoiding distracted driving is not only safe for you, but others on the road.

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FAQs

What percentage of people admit to texting while driving? ›

More women (52.4%) admitted to texting while driving than men (47.6%).

What is the percentage of distracted drivers? ›

Fatal Crashes Involving Distracted Drivers, 2020
CrashesFatalities
Distraction-affected fatal crashes
Number of distraction-affected fatal crashes2,8803,142
Percent of total fatal crashes8%8%
Cellphone in use in distraction-affected fatal crashes
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How much more likely is a text to crash? ›

Talking or listening: 1.3x more likely to crash. Reaching for your device: 1.4x more likely to crash. Dialing: 2.8x more likely to crash. Texting: 23x more likely to crash.

What age group is most affected by texting and driving? ›

A.

The AAA Foundation poll opines that adult drivers in the 25 - 39 age group are more likely to text while driving than most drivers of a younger age. The data gathered from the survey showed that 52% of young adults text while driving as opposed to 38% of teenagers and high school students.

How many deaths are caused by texting and driving in 2022? ›

The CDC tells us that over 3,000 will die because of distracted driving in 2022. How many deaths are caused by texting and driving? Statistics suggest there are 400 deaths from texting and driving every year in the United States.

What are 5 dangers of texting and driving? ›

There are a number of reasons why texting and driving is so dangerous. First, it takes a driver's attention away from the road.
...
Texting as an Internal Distraction
  • Visual Distractions. ...
  • Manual Distractions. ...
  • Cognitive Distractions.
18 May 2022

What are 3 statistics about distracted driving? ›

A driver is eight times more likely to be involved in a crash when reaching for an object and three times more likely to crash while eating or drinking. Distracted driving — including texting while driving — is the cause of more than 58% of crashes involving teen drivers.

What is the #1 distraction while driving? ›

Texting is the most alarming distraction. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds.

What are the top 3 distractions while driving? ›

Distracted Driving
  • Visual: taking your eyes off the road.
  • Manual: taking your hands off the wheel.
  • Cognitive: taking your mind off driving.

Why do so many people text and drive? ›

Habit—they are used to checking messages frequently and reaching for their device without thinking about it. Recklessness—checking a text message does not take much time, so drivers may feel that it is safe to glance away from the road long enough to read or type out a message.

Why is it important to not text and drive? ›

Of all the activities associated with distracted driving, sending text messages is the most dangerous. A person is 23 times more likely to have a motor vehicle crash while sending a text message than if they were only driving. That number towers over the other activities associated with distracted driving.

Who should text first after a fight? ›

Usually, the one who did the most damage is supposed to – should – be the one texting first after a fight.

What are 3 dangers of texting and driving? ›

15 percent of injury crashes were the result of distracted driving. There is a 400 percent increase of time spent with eyes off the road while texting. The risk of a crash or near-crash increases by 95 percent when reaching for or dialing a phone. AAA found that 12% of crashes involved engaging with cell phones.

How does texting and driving affect the brain? ›

Our brain has what is called a cognitive load—an amount of mental activity that it can engage in at one time. If you are texting or engaged in a cell phone conversation while driving, that leaves your brain with less cognitive load to focus on driving.

What type of distraction is texting? ›

Visual Distractions

Visual impairment includes the classic texting and driving scenario, as well as looking at a GPS navigation system, electronic car devices, looking at billboard advertisements, grooming, and more.

Who is affected by texting and driving? ›

Crashes involving teen drivers distracted by cell phone use, including texting, tend to be proportionally higher than in any other age group. Compared to adults: teen drivers are 4 times more likely to get into car crashes or near-crashes when talking or texting and driving.

What causes more accidents texting or drinking? ›

It's a clever term, but hardly a laughing matter. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), driving a vehicle while texting is six times more dangerous than intoxicated driving.

What country has the most texting and driving accidents? ›

The United States has the unwanted lead in this problem, far exceeding similar accidents in other countries around the world. An astounding 69% of drivers (aged 18-64) in the U.S. admitted to using their cell phone while driving during the previous month.

How can we prevent texting and driving? ›

Put your phone out of reach, such as in the glove box, back seat or trunk. Pull over and park safely if you need to use your phone to talk or text. Make a pledge to your family to never text or talk on the phone while driving.

What are the top 5 distractions for drivers? ›

Five Most Common Distractions While Driving
  • Cognitive distraction. ...
  • Cell phone use. ...
  • Events outside the vehicle. ...
  • Drivers may carry on conversations or even have arguments with their passengers while driving. ...
  • Reaching for devices inside the vehicle.
8 Mar 2019

What percentage of car accidents are caused by phones? ›

It's estimated that at least 23% of all car accidents each year involve cell phone use – that's 1.3 million crashes. 3,331 people were killed and 387,000 were injured in accidents involving a distracted driver. 10% of fatal car accidents were reported to involve driver distraction.

What are at least 3 dangers of distracted driving? ›

Why is Distracted Driving a Problem? Distractions take a motorist's attention off driving, which can make a driver miss critical events, objects, and cues or abandon control of a vehicle, all potentially leading to a crash. Distracted drivers put not only themselves at risk, but everyone else using the road.

What are 4 types distracted drivers? ›

FOUR TYPES OF DISTRACTED DRIVING
  • Eating in the car. Drivers who eat behind the wheel are seriously limiting their ability to respond to an accident. ...
  • Talking to Passengers. The most distracting passengers are often children and pets. ...
  • Electronic Device Use. ...
  • Grooming.

What is the biggest issue with using cell phones while driving? ›

Using a phone while driving, or otherwise driving distracted, is dangerous and can increase the likelihood of a car accident. In the United States in 2019, 3,142 people died in motor vehicle crashes in which distraction was a contributing factor.

Is texting and driving worth your life? ›

Distractions while driving can be deadly. Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among teenagers. In the United States, more than 1,000 people are injured every day due to distracted driving.

How many car accidents are caused by texting? ›

About 400 fatal crashes happen each year as a direct result of texting and driving. That number increases to over 30,000 when you consider distracted driving as a whole, according to the NHTSA.

How can I stop using my phone while driving? ›

Safe Driving Tips
  1. Turn off your phone before starting your journey;
  2. Take regular breaks and use the time to check messages or make calls;
  3. Avoid using your mobile phone even with hands-free technology;
  4. If you need to urgently make a call, find a safe place to park first;
  5. Don't call or text someone you know is driving;

What types of attention are diverted when a driver is texting? ›

alarming distraction because it involves manual, visual and cognitive distraction simultaneously. Sending or receiving text takes a driver's eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent at 55 mph of driving the length of an entire football field, blind.

Is texting and driving a social issue? ›

Despite laws, media campaigns and prevention awareness programs, texting while driving still, raising the question of “Why do people do it?” Society has become aware of the social problem and that this behavior exist and labels them as social problems.

How does texting while driving affect society? ›

The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year. Nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving. 1 out of every 4-car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.

How do people feel about texting and driving? ›

Nearly everyone agrees that texting and driving is dangerous. Many people do it anyway. In an AT&T-sponsored survey of frequent drivers who text daily -regardless of where they are – 98 percent said they were aware of the dangers of texting behind the wheel.

How do police know if you are texting? ›

Text Analyzer – Think of it like police radar, except instead of measuring speed it analyzes frequencies from a driver's cell phone to see if it is being used for texting.

What happens if you text while driving? ›

Remember, texting while driving is a serious offense and can even result in criminal misdemeanor charges. It's in your best interest to take your charges seriously! Contact a criminal defense attorney before telling your story to the police or court.

How do you know if she still loves? ›

You'll know that she loves you if she prioritizes you, chooses you first, sees you as the prize, displays affection for you, and respects you. You'll feel the chemistry. It'll feel like energy pulling her toward you. The relationship will feel magnetic and natural.

Should I say I love you after a fight? ›

Saying "I love you" during an argument can be a great way to remind your partner that your love is much bigger than a fight. However, you must keep your “but” out of the way. So if you're going to say it, just say it.

How many deaths come from texting and driving? ›

Texting and Driving Deaths
YearTotal number of deaths caused by texting and driving
2020396
2019430
2018393
2017450
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21 Sept 2022

What are the causes of distracted driving? ›

Causes of distracted driving
  • Talking on the phone. ...
  • Texting and other phone manipulation. ...
  • Talking with another passenger. ...
  • Moving objects/animals in the vehicle. ...
  • Adjusting audio and/or climate controls. ...
  • Manipulating car components and controls. ...
  • Reaching for an object or device. ...
  • “Rubbernecking” and other outside distractions.
6 Jun 2017

Is texting and driving an addiction? ›

While most people know that texting while driving is dangerous, many rationalize their texting-and-driving behavior – a classic sign of addiction. Only 6% of people surveyed feel they are addicted.

Is texting and driving is riskier than talking on a cell phone? ›

Talking on the phone while driving feels safer than texting. It's easy to assume that it carries about the same risk as talking to a passenger. But that's not quite true. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), talking on the phone while driving significantly increases the risk of cognitive distractions.

Is there a risk in texting? ›

If you send a standard SMS/MMS text message through your cellular provider, for example, it is not encrypted and sent over open networks — making it easy for criminals to intercept the data. Your provider can see the contents of messages you send and receive, and that information is stored in their systems.

What should you not do while texting? ›

Texting etiquette: The 10 do's and don'ts
  1. Do reply promptly. ...
  2. Don't text during inappropriate moments. ...
  3. Do keep texts short. ...
  4. Don't text sensitive news. ...
  5. Do re-read your texts before sending. ...
  6. Don't send too many attachments. ...
  7. Don't forget to double-check the recipient. ...
  8. Do use proper grammar.
20 Aug 2014

What is the solution of distraction? ›

Meditation helps the mind to let go of distracting thoughts so that you can focus on one thing at a time. Try taking a small break from work and giving yourself a few minutes to focus on your breathing. In a quiet location, sit down and slowly breathe in and out while counting to a number of your choosing.

What kills more people drunk driving or texting? ›

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), texting while driving is six times more dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol.

What percent of drivers talk on cell phones? ›

Cellphone use by drivers

Combining this observational data with self-reported data on hand-held and hands-free phone use, the federal government estimates that 7.9 percent of drivers were using a hand-held or hands-free cellphone during any moment of the day.

Is texting and driving a big deal? ›

While texting and driving has become the clearest example of dangerous behavior behind the wheel, it is important to note that any distraction while driving can increase your chance of becoming involved in an accident.

What are the dangers of texting? ›

15 percent of injury crashes were the result of distracted driving. There is a 400 percent increase of time spent with eyes off the road while texting. The risk of a crash or near-crash increases by 95 percent when reaching for or dialing a phone. AAA found that 12% of crashes involved engaging with cell phones.

How many accidents are caused by texting? ›

About 400 fatal crashes happen each year as a direct result of texting and driving. That number increases to over 30,000 when you consider distracted driving as a whole, according to the NHTSA.

What are the three main distractions while driving? ›

Distracted Driving
  • Visual: taking your eyes off the road.
  • Manual: taking your hands off the wheel.
  • Cognitive: taking your mind off driving.

Why texting and driving is a problem? ›

Texting is the most alarming distraction. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that's like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed. You cannot drive safely unless the task of driving has your full attention.

What are the 4 types of distracted driving? ›

FOUR TYPES OF DISTRACTED DRIVING
  • Eating in the car. Drivers who eat behind the wheel are seriously limiting their ability to respond to an accident. ...
  • Talking to Passengers. The most distracting passengers are often children and pets. ...
  • Electronic Device Use. ...
  • Grooming.

How many lives are lost due to texting and driving? ›

How Many Deaths A Year Are Caused By Texting And Driving? Every year about 381 people die as a direct result of car accidents linked to texting and driving.

What are the benefits of not texting and driving? ›

10 Reasons Not To Text And Drive
  • It's (Probably) Illegal. ...
  • Insurance Rate Hikes. ...
  • Consider Your Passengers. ...
  • Consider Other Motorists. ...
  • Protect The Pedestrians. ...
  • It Only Takes A Couple Of Seconds To Park Your Vehicle. ...
  • Hands-free Technology Is Easy To Use & Widely Available. ...
  • Autocorrect Mishaps.

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