“Oh – I know not to text and drive.” But then you are on the road and remember you never responded to your husband about what time you plan on getting home after a meeting. It will just take a second to text him – yes, you are on the road but you are experienced, right?
A Health Day poll in 2011 had more than 2,800 American adults state the following:
- Over 1/3 of drivers have sent or received text messages while driving and 18% say they do it regularly.
- About 13% of adult drivers have surfed the Internet while driving
- A large percentage of those polled said they know distracted driving is dangerous, but do so anyway
Did you know texting will take at least 5 seconds of your attention away from the road? April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. I visited www.focusdriven.org and was saddened to see so many stories about people lost due to texting and driving. The statistics are bad. Nearly 25% of all car accidents involve texting. Texting is about 6 times more likely to cause an accident compared to driving intoxicated.
We worry that teens will text and drive but don’t we adults need to set the best example of proper driving? How about not reading, putting on makeup, or finding that something in your purse while driving? I know we pride ourselves on multitasking, but when I am behind the wheel of a one to two ton object going any speed, I want to be focused on just driving. Everything else can wait.
Dr. Lisa Gold is a pediatrician practicing in Crown Point, Indiana, at the Franciscan Physician Network – Crown Point Pediatric Health Center.