In the state of Pennsylvania, it’s illegal to text while you’re driving. Yet the problem of texting and driving still plagues the state. To help spread the word about the dangers of texting while driving, we at Fred Beans have put together this informative guide.
On this page, we’ll show drivers in the areas of Philadelphia, Doylestown, Mechanicsburg, and Flemington what the dangers of texting and driving are, the consequences of doing it, and more. Read ahead to get started!
Why Texting & Driving is So Dangerous
Texting while driving is often compared to driving while drunk due to the level of distraction being equivalent driving impaired. Though it’s actually worse.
According the EdgarSnyder.com, “texting while driving is 6x more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk.” This is largely because your eyes are completely off the road. In fact, while you’re answering just one text while driving at the speed of 55 MPH, you can travel the entire length of a football field. A lot can happen in that amount of time.
The Consequences of Texting & Driving
The biggest consequence of texting and driving is losing your life. Looking away from the road to answer a text can result in you hitting any number of things like animals, people, other vehicles, and more. You can veer from your lane, run a red light, or miss seeing a jaywalker step into the road. As you can see, you can not only take your own life but also the lives of others.
If you’re lucky to avoid harming others or yourself while you’re texting and driving, you still run the risk of getting in trouble with the law. If you’re pulled over for texting and driving in the state of Pennsylvania, you could receive a fine of $50 as a first offender and worse if the violations persist.
How to Maximize Safety Behind the Wheel
The best way to maximize your safety behind the wheel of your vehicle is to keep your eyes on the road at all times. Put your phone on silent so that you aren’t tempted to look at it when a text comes in. You can also put your phone in the glove compartment, on the passenger’s seat, or even in the backseat to prevent temptation.
One other good solution is to invest in a dashboard-mounted phone holder. This will put your phone more in your line-of-sight and can help you follow navigation without having to hold your phone in your hand.
Still Have Questions about Texting & Driving?
We at Fred Beans are proud to provide shoppers in our community with all the resources they need to make every driving experience as safe and enjoyable as possible. Now that you know a bit more about the dangers and consequences of texting while driving, we hope you’ll continue to support our mission of eliminating this problem on Pennsylvania roads.
If you still have questions about texting and driving, drivers in the areas of Philadelphia, Doylestown, Mechanicsburg, and Flemington can give us a call at the dealership today!
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