distracted driving, texting, used carIt doesn’t matter whether you drive a new or used car, texting while driving is downright dangerous. It might seem like common sense to put the phone away while driving, but many people continue to text and do other distracting and potentially dangerous things while they’re behind the wheel.

Consider these sobering statistics about distracted driving:

In 2014, more than 3,000 people were killed by distracted drivers. That same year, 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes.

At The Auto Connection, we take car safety seriously. (We only sell cars that meet our rigorous used car inspection standards.) We also want our customers to stay safe while they drive their used car. No one ever intends to get into an accident. Staying off the phone is a simple way to limit distractions while driving.

Texting in Virginia is illegal for all drivers. It’s also illegal for any driver under the age of 18 to use a cell phone whether it’s handheld or hands-free.

Although there are lots of things people do to make them distracted drivers, texting is one of the most serious because of the amount of attention it requires.

Other habits to avoid when you’re driving your used car include: eating and drinking, grooming, reading maps, using a navigation system, watching a video and adjusting the radio, CD player or MP3 player.

It’s also important to make sure you teach your children the dangers of texting while driving. A recent study found that 71 percent of young people admit sending a text while driving.

Here are some great tips from the U.S. Department of Transportation:

  • Turn off your electronic devices and put them out of reach before starting to drive.
  • Be a good role model for younger drivers. Talk with your teens about responsible driving.
  • Don’t let others use electronic devices while driving. If you’re a passenger, speak up when you see the driver reaching for their phone. Offer to text or make a phone call for the driver so they can keep their eyes on the road.
  • Wear your seat belt. Seat belts are the best way to protect yourself from unsafe drivers.

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, www.distraction.com

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