*This is a sponsored article by Toyota of Orlando*
Whether you want to admit it or not, there was probably a time when you’ve been driving and you took time to check a text message, reply to one, or make a phone call. Nowadays, using the phone while behind the wheel is common – but it needs to be stopped. Did you know that texting and driving is the reason for nine people dying every day? You may know that texting and driving is dangerous, but you may not be aware exactly how dangerous it is.
Texting and Driving: The Facts
As the years have gone by, the tendency to text while driving has increased. Two-thirds of Americans own a cell phone, and that number is growing. Since the introduction and increasing popularity of smartphones, the number of distracted driving accidents and fatalities have risen dramatically.
- 1.6 million crashes occur because of a distracted driver
- Over 400,000 injuries occur every year due to texting and driving accidents
- An accident is 23 times more likely when texting and driving
- Teens spend 10 percent of their drive time outside of their lane
Texting and driving is a big problem among teens. 34 percent say they have texted while driving and 52 percent say they have talked on the phone while driving. However, it’s not just teens that are guilty. Almost 30 percent of adults have admitted to texting and driving or talking on the phone. Most teens and adults are fully aware of the dangers of texting and driving, but admit to doing it anyways.
A lot of people justify it by claiming it’s safe to do at red lights or that they increase the following distance. This is not true, because distracted driving is still occurring.
Practice safe driving in your Orlando Toyota
At our Orlando Toyota dealership, we want to stop texting and driving. For help avoiding texting while driving, Toyota of Orlando offers tips like:
- Put your phone out of sight and out of reach. You will be less tempted to check your phone and use it if you’re unable to see it.
- Use wireless phone connectivity. New Orlando Toyota cars come standard with Bluetooth, which makes it easy for you to stream music, listen to navigation, and make hands-free calls.
- Set a good example. Keep in mind those riding in the backseat of your Orlando Toyota. Kids and teens will learn to think it’s OK to text and drive if they see their parents do it.
- If the temptation is too great, download an app onto your phone that keeps it locked while you’re driving in the car. This will allow you to keep off of it while behind the wheel.
- For extremely important text messages, pull off of the road and come to a safe stop before checking your phone and replying.
Toyota of Orlando wants to make sure you’re safe out there on the road! For more tips on how to avoid distracted driving, stop by our new Toyota dealership. We’re located at 3575 Vineland Road, just off of I-4 near the Millenia Mall!
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