Is texting while driving as dangerous as drunk driving? Here are some facts.

Is texting while driving as dangerous as drunk driving? Here are some facts.

 

Driving while intoxicated is exceptionally dangerous for the driver and everyone else on the road, there’s no denying that. Recent statistics are showing that texting while driving can be just as dangerous as driving impaired. Check out these startling facts and realize just how important it is to leave your phone alone while driving.

#1: When a driver is texting, it decreases their reaction time by 35%! Compare this to these drunk driving facts from Michigan University Medicine: Studies have shown an average decreased reaction time of 120 milliseconds — just over a tenth of a second — associated with a BAC level of 0.08, the legal limit in the United States. So, when cruising at 70 miles per hour, a drunk driver would travel for an additional 12 feet before reacting to a roadway hazard.

#2:  When texting, steering capability is typically reduced by up to 91%. This would make avoiding a collision with a vehicle that pulled out in front of you nearly impossible to miss.

#3: Texting while driving increases your likelihood of being in an accident by 3 times.

#4: Even dialing a number into your cell while driving is dangerous. It increases the likelihood of an accident by six times!

Because General Motors cares about its customers, they’re always developing new methods to prevent accidents. They’ve developed an app to help deter distracted driving. You can learn more about it here.

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