It is unlawful in many countries to drive a motorcycle using hand-held cell phones or devices of similar nature. Most rules are unchangeable even in case of stopping at traffic lights or even in long queues in traffic.
One Second between Life and Death
Though sad, but truth is that about 3,000 people die every single day due to car crashes on the road. American Family Insurance agent also confirms these stats. Road accidents can happen anywhere at any time. It is one random split second that things can go wrong.
The situation has become worse because ours is an age of technology. Everything around us is technology dominated. The internet has permeated into our lives. We use internet all the time. In fact our lives are so connected with the internet that we really don’t know what to do without it.
In addition to that, mobile phones are easily accessible for every one now. It is predicted that the number of smart phone users will reach up to 2.08 billion by the end of 2016.We are so use to the mobiles that we can’t think of spending a single minute of our lives without it. This addiction has also led us to believe that we can use mobile while driving. Be it texting or navigation we always manage to find one way or the other to use mobile phones. Studies have proved that mobile phone can cause distraction for one second and this one second can be our distance between life and death.
Mobile phones are one of the leading causes of car accidents. In USA alone, 26 percent of deaths in accidents are caused by distractions caused by mobile phones.1 out of 4 accidents are caused by texting while driving and every day 11 teenagers die every day while texting.
So Is It Ok to Use Mobile Driving
After reading these alarming statistics the question that comes to mind is that such a high number of casualties because of mobile phones means that mobiles is allowed while driving. The answer is both yes and no. Responding to this highest number of deaths caused by mobile phones most of the governments have banned the mobile phones while driving. In majority of the countries like Australia and all European states with the exception of Sweden, it is illegal to use a hand held mobile while driving. This extends up to using a phone for navigation, reading or sending a text or posts or checking social media. This law applies even drivers are stopped at traffic lights or stuck in traffic.
Quite surprisingly, despite such a high number of car crashes because of mobile usage, only 12 states in USA have banned a total ban on handheld mobiles. Others have imposed conditional restrictions mainly involving young drivers or school bus drivers. 41 states have put a ban on texting while driving and almost 12 have banned usage of cell phones for drivers less than 20 years of age.
Is the Ban Effective?
Unfortunately, the answer to this question is No. According to the experts and “American Family Insurance agent” these partial or complete restrictions are not proving to be an effective deterrent. People are either over confident of their mobile phone using skills, they are under the impression that they will not get caught or they feel that a ticket worth $ 50 is going to put a major dent on their budget.
How to Avoid Mobile While Driving
Mobile phones are important, however, nothing is more important than our lives. Therefore, we all can observe these simple rules to stay safe on the road.
- Install mobile apps such as Road Mode. Apps like these prevents distractions caused by mobiles while driving
- Voice mail can be our best friend while driving
- If a call is really important we can pull over safely
- The idea of planning breaks during driving to make phone calls, send quick texts or check social media can be useful
- We can always inform friends and family of our schedule and request them not to call while we are driving
- Looking up for numbers is a complete “NO”
- Same applies to reading or sending texts
- It is never a good idea to make calls in heavy traffic, extreme weather conditions or poor road conditions.
About the Author:
Hi I am Timothy J Rosendahl, an insurance agent from Park City, Utah. I work on personal and home insurance. I enjoy my work and I am really proud to be an American Family agent. My training and experiences have prepared me well in this field. I believe it is always crucial to earn faith of people to be successful in insurance works.