In todays generation, people have grown completely attatched to socializing, especially teens. But the two most favorite objects teens cherish is their phone and car. Phone; for texting, and car; for driving, They are both okay, but not together. What could texting and driving at the same time do? There are three main things. One, is that it can take you’re mind off the road. Two, it may tempt you to take your hand off the steering wheel , thinking the car will go on its own seadily. And three it takes your focus away from driving. When it comes to driving, you need to be 100 % concentrated in order to avoid accidents. LIKE THIS( show picture) Today I will be speaking about the extreme dangers of text and driving.
Did you know that teenagers are at the greatest risk of texting while driving? The under 20 age group has the largest percentage of distracted drivers. A person who’s texting and driving puts the passenger at double the risk of fatal accidents. According to statistics on caranddriver.com, research shows that 40 % of drivers under 18 admit to texting while driving. It is a fact that 20 to 50% of car accidents are caused by distracted driving. 61 % of teen drivers admit to risky driving habits.
This is a graph showing the top 6 distractions that cause car accident (show picture)
Im not saying that teenagers are the only ones who text and drive, adults do so as well. What I’m saying is that the highest accidents are within the teenage age group. Teenagers are more likely to not pay attention to text and driving restrictions. 48% of young Americans from ages a 12-17 say they’ve been in the car while the driver was texting. This is obviously extremely dangerous. Think about the peoples lives
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