Why do people text and drive?

Despite laws to prevent it, drivers continue to text and drive. There are many reasons for this, none of which make it an acceptable behavior.

Here’s the problem with texting and driving: Even if you avoid this behavior as to remain safe, others don’t always take the same approach. This can put you in a difficult spot.

Here are some of the many reasons why people decide to text and drive:

  • They believe it won’t hinder their ability to drive in a safe manner. Some people think that multitasking is easy, even if it means texting and driving at the same time.
  • They believe they need to stay plugged in. From checking in with coworkers to communicating with a spouse, there is a belief that being plugged in at all times is a must.
  • They are looking for a way to remain occupied. Some people always need something going on around them. For example, it’s not good enough to sit in the driver’s seat and attempt to safely reach their destination.

These are just three of the many reasons why people decide to text and drive. As you can imagine, there are many other reasons that are every bit as dangerous.

Personally, you can make the decision to avoid texting and driving (among other distractions). Along with this, you can keep an eye out for people who are not paying attention to the road.

If you’re ever involved in an accident with a distracted driver, don’t hesitate to receive medical attention and then learn more about your legal rights.

Source: Insurance Zebra, “7 Scientific Reasons We Text & Drive and 3 Practical Solutions for Quitting,” accessed April 27, 2017

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