We’ve all done it. You’re driving down the highway and the text message ringtone sounds. What do you do? Do you grab your phone and read the text? Unfortunately, those glances at your cell phone can ultimately result in a fatality. Nationwide there are countless auto accidents each year that are the result of distracted driving. Studies show that nearly 3,500 of those accidents result in fatalities and over 390,000 result in injuries.

Did you know that on average it takes an individual 4.6 seconds to read a text message? That doesn’t sound like a long time but if you are traveling at a rate of 55 mph while reading that text, it is equivalent to driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed! That’s a scary concept! How easy is it for a car to pull out in front of us or stop in front of us during that same time span?

If you know someone who just has to see that text while driving, please remind them of the danger. It could very well save a life. Stay safe!