Switching Your Phone Off Before Driving Can Save Lives! The Dangers of Texting While Driving

Written by John

On September 11, 2021

Driving itself has multiple things to be done. Why would you even want to consider texting whilst driving? Here is the simple answer. Don’t. 

Here I will look over with you the dangers of texting whilst someone is driving a vehicle. 

driver distracted by phone

phone use while driving

Driving whilst talking on the phone, (handsfree), although not illegal, it’s the best distraction from what you should be doing which is controlling the vehicle and concentrating on all of the hazards that you have in front of you.

But texting, texting is much much worse and is a real killer of people on the roads. Especially younger people.

Let’s have a look at what is worse. 

How Our Reactions Slow When We Are Distracted Whilst Driving

An undistracted driver will normally react within 1 second. 

  • A driver over the drink-drive limit is 13% slower
  • A driver high on cannabis is 21% slower
  • A driver on a hands-free call is 27% slower
  • A driver texting is 37% slower
  • A driver on a handheld phone call is 46% slower

So as you can see texting and using a phone is not the best way to drive. As at 56mph it takes a driver an extra 13.1m to stop than a driver who is concentrating.

Is Texting While Driving Illegal?

It is illegal to hold your phone or a sat nav whilst driving. If you are to use a device it must be hands-free and for the shortest time possible. Enough to say you are driving and will call back when you are parked and safe. Or better still let it go to voicemail. 

You must not have a device on the windscreen and blocking your view or vision ahead. You must stay in full control of your vehicle at all times. The police can stop you and you can be prosecuted if you are driving distracted or in an unsafe manner. 

You may use a handheld phone to call 999 or 112 in an emergency if it is unsafe to stop.

Driver Attention and Texting While Driving

  1. Distracted driving is estimated to be a factor in between 20 – 50 per cent of all police-reported crashes. 
  2.  A driver that is using a mobile phone exhibited similar or even created impairment than that of an intoxicated driver. (Not saying it is safe to driving whilst using drinks or drugs either)
  3. driving using hands-free is not safer than using hands held. As you are still distracted by either. 
  4. driving whilst texting has the greatest risk with drivers being 23 times more likely to experience a safety-critical event when texting and driving. 

Did you know that when a driver is texting they take their eyes off the roads for about 6 seconds? And 4.6 out of the 6 surrounding safety-critical events. 

You are 4 times more likely to increase your chances of having an accident when speaking on the phone or texting. 

The best way for you to avoid accidents when driving is to not use your mobile phone for talking or texting. 

The most effective way to be sure you are safe is to switch it off before starting your journey. 


texting while driving

driving while texting or using satnav

Penalties for Texting While Driving

You can get 6 points and a £200 fine for using your phone whilst driving.  If you are within 2 years of passing your driving test. 6 points are enough to lose your licence.

So hopefully this blog would have made you think twice before texting while driving. The risks aren’t worth it.

Message me at john@parrysfleetservices.co.uk to book your free consultation.

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