The data on messaging friends and family when you’re behind the wheel is known to most: Texting while driving is statistically more dangerous than driving drunk. Here’s a lesser known fact: Every day in the United States, more than nine people are killed and more than a thousand people are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (The agency says distracted driving includes talking on a cell phone, texting and eating.)
But while we as parents are vigilant about warning kids about not texting while driving, many of us are perpetrating the dangerous habit. How? A new joint study conducted by Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and Liberty Mutual Insurance reveals that while almost half of teens admit to texting while driving, they also say that they’re are often doing so in response to their parents’ texts to know if they’re OK. Parents often expect a response in under five minutes which, for a teen driving alone, means they’ll need to tap in that answer while they’re behind the wheel. Read more about the survey here.
And if you think it’s just teens who are guilty of the practice, guess again. According to another survey, while many teens text while driving, the rate of adults who do it is even higher.