- In 2016, a survey showed that more than 44% of Californians said that texting while driving is the most serious distraction for drivers.
In 2016, more than 54% of California drivers surveyed said they had been hit or nearly hit by a driver who was talking or texting on a cell phone.
In 2016, nearly 40% of drivers admitted to making a mistake while talking on a cell phone.
Nationally, 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2014.
- 10% percent of all drivers under the age of 20 who were involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash.
Engaging in visual-manual subtasks, such as reaching for a phone, dialing or texting, increases the risk of getting into a crash by three times.
The average time your eyes are off the road while texting is five seconds. When traveling at 55 mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded.
Tips for Being a Safer Driver
Never hold your cell phone in your hand, keep it mounted in a legally approved location.
Never text and drive.
Silence your phone before you get behind the wheel.
Don’t text or call someone when you know they are likely to be driving.
Make a pact with your family, spouse and caregivers to never use the phone with children in the car.
Do not eat or drink while driving.
Do not program your GPS, MP3 player or other devices while driving.
If a phone call is necessary or you need reroute your map, pull over to a safe parking spot.
Don't us apps or social media.
Do not groom.
Do not read.
Do not watch or make videos.
Don't allow passengers to distract you.
If something falls to the floor, pull over to a safe parking spot before trying to reach it.