Texting while driving isn’t a smart thing to do. Statistics show that you’re way more likely to have an accident if you’re too busy looking at your phone instead of the road. SimpleTexting recently did some research into the matter, with some rather interesting findings.
The first chart shows just how big the problem is. Nearly half of the people surveyed by SimpleTexting revealed that they do text while driving, thereby breaking the law.
It seems as though many people simply just aren’t scared enough. They know that the law is pretty lenient on this sort of thing, and they believe that texting isn’t such a dangerous activity.
In addition, we live in such a connected world nowadays, with smartphones and social media being of such importance, that people constantly feel the need to check their messages and stay in touch with their friends and followers.
Next up we have a chart that breaks down the culprits into age groups. And, believe it or not, it’s actually the elderly who are most often caught texting while they drive.
We associate phones and technology with younger people, and many of us would probably have assumed that teens or young men and women would be the biggest culprits, so these findings are quite surprising.
What makes matters worse is that many elderly people shouldn’t really be driving at all. As we age, the body undergoes changes. Our reflexes and senses aren’t as strong as they once were, and this can make driving a more high-risk activity. If you decide to start texting on top of all that, you’re going to be a real hazard for other drivers.
This next chart shows the depressing truth about how often people are actually caught texting while driving. As we drive around, we often see lots of people using their phones, but the police can’t be everywhere at once and they can’t see everything. This means that a huge percentage of people get away with their crime, and this just encourages them to carry on doing it.
Around half of the people surveyed said that they don’t ever even try to use hands-free technology.
Smartphone manufacturers have invented hands-free kits to help us all stay safe, so it’s tragic to see that so many people simply reject this form of security. Clearly, something needs to be done about this in order to raise awareness and encourage more people to start driving safely.
This chart shows that people do actually feel bad about texting while they drive, as most of them never admit it to friends or family.
This reveals the extent of the problem. People know that they’re breaking the law and doing something bad, but they do it anyway. Clearly, the punishments aren’t strong enough and awareness about text-related accidents isn’t high enough.
Finally, we see a breakdown in brands to show that Apple users are most likely to text while they drive. Android users aren’t too far behind, but Windows and Blackberry users barely do it at all.
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