Prevent Injuries to Yourself and Others: Don’t Text and Drive
Many Teeter customers tell us that the origin of their back pain is caused by a car accident. As automobiles are part of our every day life, accidents are sometimes inevitable. However, one common cause of car accidents can be prevented.
Texting and driving is an alarming trend on the rise with teenagers and adults.
Texting and Driving Facts
- The average text takes your eyes off the road for nearly five seconds.
- A majority of teenagers report seeing their parents texting and talking on their cell phones while driving.
- Using a cell phone while driving, whether it’s handheld or hands-free, delays a driver’s reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent.
What Can You Do?
- If you have teenage children, talk with them about texting and driving and convey to them just how dangerous it is.
- Set a good example for everyone in your family by taking a stand about texting and driving.
- Make no exceptions. Checking texts at a red light is a slippery slope to texting while driving.
- Designate a “texter” in the car if text messages simply can’t wait – have a passenger text for you.
- Don’t be afraid to be vocal when you see others texting and driving if you are in the car. Distracted driving puts everyone at risk.
- Take a pledge against texting and driving. Through this anti texting and driving program, you or your teenagers can wear a bracelet that will serve as a steady reminder not to text and drive. Lean more information about the dangers of texting while driving and take the pledge.
50 years ago, driving without a seat belt or driving with an open can of beer in the car was a normal occurrence -both of those actions would be unthinkable now. Distracted driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving, and texting while driving decreases focus and takes your eyes off the road, when a split-second is all it takes to get into an accident.
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