Don’t dial and drive: Smartphone usage and accident statistics
It’s oh so tempting to pick up you phone when you are driving. Maybe someone texted you and you cannot resist the temptation to look, or you heard an email alert, or maybe you have a call to dial into.
Statistically, however, you are far more likely to have an accident if you are prone to using your smartphone while you are operating a car. Reaction times are slower—accidents happen and it is estimated that 6,000 deaths per year can be attributed to people on their cell phones.
Sixty-one percent of people admit that they frequently text while they are driving.
Thirty-three percent of people admit that they send or read emails while they are driving.
Twenty-eight percent of people admit that they surf the internet while they are driving.
Twenty-one percent of people use social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest while at the wheel.
1.6 million auto crashes per year are caused by using a phone while driving.
500,000 injuries are cause by dialing and driving.
6,000 deaths are caused by using a phone at the wheel
Apps that can help you stay safe:
The free MobileDay app will dial into conference calls for you so that you can concentrate on the road.
Live2Txt will block all calls and texts while you are operating the car.
SafeDrive will reward you with points for every minute that you are not using your phone when you are driving.