You (And Only You) Can Text and Drive!
You’re Aware and Safe… Right?
You’ve heard about the people that have trouble walking and chewing gum at the same time. They’re not able to do two things at once, and so one ends up taking priority. But that doesn’t describe you, does it? You’re a multi-tasking expert, and you have a keen sense of awareness that helps to keep you safe while you’re on the road.
Because you pay extra attention to your surroundings, you know that while most people are unsafe using a phone while driving, you’re different. You can maintain your lane, stop on a dime, see the distractions, and check out that latest cat meme that just popped up in your Instagram feed.
Working in the auto body repair industry we see a lot. And a lot of what we see is avoidable collisions that happened because people stopped paying attention to the road for half a second.
What Happens When Reading a Text
See that heading sentence? It probably took around 2 seconds to read it. If you include looking down to your phone, opening your messages, and reading the text, you just took your attention away for 4 seconds. No big deal, it’s just a few seconds. Since you’re aware of what’s going on, you scanned for obstacles and danger before looking away.
Let’s suppose you are cruising down Grand Ave. here in Billings. You can’t be bothered going 35, so you edge that up to 40 and you’re still feeling pretty safe.
During the first 2 seconds to pick up your phone and open your messages, your vehicle traveled 120 feet.
During the next 2 seconds, you traveled another 120 feet.
That’s 240 feet of travel without looking at what’s going on around you. Suppose someone pulled out in front of you, a child darted into the road, something fell off a vehicle, a pothole you didn’t notice from 300 feet away is in your lane, or any other what-ifs that could happen.
Chances are that you enjoy your vehicle. If nothing else, you need it to get around town. Is that 4 second text going to cost you a vehicle at the least; a life at the most?
Put it Down and Skip Big Sky Collision Center
Here at Big Sky Collision Center, our goal is that you’re safe and ideally never need our services. Billings is small enough that your commute won’t be that long, and those texts that come through can wait (not even at the stoplight!).
If something does happen, such as you’re hit by a someone texting who hasn’t read this article, then we hope you do choose Big Sky Collision. We strive to be the best auto body repair shop in Billings, and we can get your vehicle fixed up to factory safety standards. Give us a call at 406-259-6328 if you need to make an appointment.