Hope you’re all having a good holiday weekend! With many of us probably going to be out on the roads today/tomorrow to get to whatever holiday parties, cabin trips, etc. we might have going on, I thought this was perfect timing for this post.
I just took a pledge to never text and drive. The pledge is part of the it can wait campaign — a program aimed at getting people to commit NOT to text and drive. Even though the it can wait campaign is something I found out about through my ambassadorship with Verizon, it’s something I’ve always felt really strongly about.
Here are just a few of the (scary) facts that helped make up my mind to take the pledge:
- Those who send text messages while driving are 23 times more likely to be in a car crash.
- Of all cell phone related tasks while driving- including talking, dialing or reaching for the phone- texting while driving is the most dangerous.
- When drivers read or send a text message, their reaction time is doubled; and when asked to respond to a flashing light while texting behind the wheel, drivers were more than 11 times more likely to miss the light altogether.
- In the 4.6 seconds your eyes leave the road to text while driving you travel the full length of a football field (going 55 mph).
I’ve often told myself there’s no reason to text and drive and I’m well aware of how dangerous it is. And I totally judge other people when I see them do it — but while I’m usually pretty good about it, every once in a while I’ll whip out my phone (usually at a stoplight, but that’s not OK either) and send a quick text. So I’ve decided to make a conscious decision to never text and drive. So friends who ride in the car with me — hold me accountable! I know my husband and I will be doing just that.
Check out my Facebook page for some more statistics about distracted driving and also tips to stay true to your it can wait pledge.
So will you take the pledge with me? Let me know in the comments below and help me spread the word on Twitter (#itcanwait), Facebook and however else you can think of!
Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Health and Fitness Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.