With the constant use of cellphones in our daily lives, it’s hard to unplug. From texting to switching music to looking up directions, it seems we constantly have them in hand. That’s why it’s tempting to pick up your phone while driving. But this is extremely dangerous and can lead to distracted-driving accidents.
Indeed, cellphone use is a leading cause of such incidents. If you’re traveling at 55 mph, in the five seconds it takes to read a text, you cover the length of a football field. No matter where you’re driving, a lot can happen in that amount of time and over that distance, from veering out of lane to not spotting someone else who is — or any variety of treacherous circumstances. But mobile phones are far from the only things that can divert your attention while behind the wheel.