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Looking up does not make texting safe

Have you ever heard people talk about how texting and driving is dangerous because you stop looking at the road when you write the message? Maybe that led you to think that you’d simply look up frequently while writing, believing that would keep you safe.

It will not. When researchers talk about the time that you spend looking away from the road, they already factor that behavior into the equation.

For instance, one expert said that it takes 32 seconds to write out an average text message. While doing so, the person glances back and forth between the road and the screen frequently. They end up looking at the road for 12 seconds and the screen for 20.

If they are driving at 60 miles per hour while the do this, they can cover about 500 yards in just those 20 seconds. That’s the length of five football fields, to give it some perspective.

And, remember, that’s just the 20 seconds that they are staring at the phone. They drive a few more hundred yards in the other 12 seconds that they spend writing the text. It’s astounding to think of someone covering that much ground without having their full attention on the road in front of them, but that’s why we have so many car accidents every year.

Choosing not to text and drive is one of the best things you can do, but you still face risks if other drivers crash into your car. When this happens, you may need to seek out compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other costs.