I’m sure you know that texting while driving is incredibly dangerous. But, according to statistics, it’s likely you do it anyway.
Hopefully this video will change your mind.
Sponsored by AT&T, this public service announcement titled “Close to Home” shows the dangers of taking your eyes off the road even for a second. There are definitely dangers that come along with reaching for a fry in your McDonald’s bag, or taking a sip of steaming hot coffee on a bumpy road, but texting while driving is considerably more dangerous. It puts everyone around you at risk; it takes more than a split second to focus on your phone’s small screen, so it’s more than likely that a ‘quick glance’ takes much longer than you think.
According to the survey conducted by AT&T, texting while driving is incredibly widespread. Half of the adults surveyed admitted to texting while driving, as did 43% of the teens who responded. It’s no surprise that so many teens text and drive, as 41% of them reported that they’ve witnessed their parents do the same. Like father, like son, I guess. Perhaps the most surprising statistic refers the overwhelming 98% of adults who reported that they know texting and driving is dangerous.
Think about that: almost all of the adults surveyed know it’s wrong, but half of them do it anyway. I wonder how they feel about drink driving? That’s too scary to think about.
Anyway, even though I’m sure you know what the video will entail, watch it anyway. Especially if you’re one of the 2% that somehow still think that texting and driving isn’t that big of a deal.
Featured photo credit: YouTube: AT&T via youtu.be