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The Dangers of Texting and Driving
As we move through spring and find summer just around the corner, more of us will spend time on the road. That makes this a perfect time to remind people of the dangers of texting and driving. Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous things you can do while on the road, with risk of accidents being comparable to drinking and driving.
The National Safety Council has reported that texting while driving causes about 1,600,000 accidents every year. The NHTSA reported similar numbers, claiming that driver distraction was the cause of 18 percent of all fatal crashes in 2012.
Texting while driving is a hugely distracting activity for the driver. The minimal amount of time that the eyes are taken off the road while texting is 5 seconds. If a driver is going 55 MPH, five seconds can mean traveling the length of a football field without looking at the road.
Texting while driving is the most distracting activity for a driver to do. However, dialing while driving and using any other applications can also be very distracting to the driver. While teenage drivers are the biggest offenders of distracted driving, a PEW Research poll found that 27% of adults have texted while driving.
Texting while driving is not only very dangerous, but it will undoubtedly cause the driver to pay a higher premium on auto insurance. Avoid texting and driving and encourage any of the teenagers in your life to not text and drive.
Supervise at All Times Around Water
Supervise your kids at all times when they are around or in the water. Don't assume that just because your child took swimming lessons or is using a flotation device such as an inner tube or inflatable raft that there's no drowning risk.
If you're at a party, it's especially easy to become distracted, so designate an adult who will be responsible for watching the children.