Did you know that 15.6% of young drivers (ages 18-24) have admitted to texting while driving and 20% of them claim to be "not familiar at all" with their state's texting while driving laws?! Some of the latest distracted driving statistics are astonishing, we have to do better! We encourage you to put your phone down, keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.
During the month of April we're sharing the latest statistics on distracted driving as well as smartphone apps and accessories that help prevent the dangerous activity. Complete our NTW No Distracted Driving Pledge before the end of April and you'll get 100 Perkville points.
The cold hard facts:
-Crashes involving cell-phone related activity accounted for 14% of all distraction-related fatal crashes across the country.
-Texting is the most dangerous type of distracted driving. According to the CDC there are 3 types of distracted driving.
1 - Visual: a distraction that diverts your eyes from the road.
2 - Manual: something that causes you to take your hands off the wheel.
3 - Cognitive: anything that takes your mental focus off the road.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has determined that texting while driving is the most dangerous type of distracted driving. This is mostly because texting combines all 3 types of driving distractions at once: visual, manual and cognitive.
-The U.S. Department of Transportation reported that cell phone use while driving kills 3,000-6,000 people every year.
-Texting while driving causes 5 times as many accidents as drunk driving. A single text results in an average distraction of 5 seconds, during which time a car going 55 mph will travel the length of a football field.
-Texting (or similar phone activity) doubles your chances of getting in an accident of any type.
-Texting triples your odds of a "road departure crash" (e.g., driving off the road and hitting a tree or sign).
-Texting increases your chances of rear-ending someone by a multiple of 7.
Sign our NTW No Distracted Driving Pledge now! You'll get 100 Perkville points for completing the pledge before the end of April.
Our favorite app to prevent distracted driving is Drivemode for iOS and Android. Drivemode simplifies how you manage calls and messages while driving. With a streamlined interface to safely answer calls or send and hear messages, Drivemode's voice-enabled commands and large buttons let you focus on driving. Use voice-control to reply to messages or text using voice commands, ignore calls or messages in "Do Not Disturb" mode and set up text message auto-replies.
If you're looking for the perfect accessory to hold your phone so you can keep your hands on the wheel, check out the Nimbus 9 Car Mount Kit. Through the end of April we are offering a $5 discount when your purchase the kit in a retail store. The kit includes an air vent attachment, surface attachment and a metal plate for the back of your device that provides a trustworthy mounting solution while keeping your device wireless charging capable.
We encourage you to put your phone down, keep your hands on the road and your hands on the wheel!