The Dangers of "Driving Selfies"

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Driving Selfies infographic Sending a text or making a call while driving is extremely dangerous for both ourselves and those around us, but the dangers of phone-use are not limited to texting or talking. Taking driving selfies is another huge threat to traffic safety 

A recent European study revealed that an alarming number of young people have been joining in with the #drivingselfie craze across a range of social networks.

Cell phone usage while driving is an enormous problem, and research shows that one in four European youths admitted taking a selfie while driving a car. Each month, 884 social media users share 916 statuses tagged with #drivingselfie, suggesting that some users are driving distracted on more than one occasion.

A trend can make something seem okay, but if you are tempted to post your own driving selfies, you must consider the risk that you are taking. In April this year, 32-year-old, Courtney Sanford died in a head-on collision on a North Carolina highway just seconds after posting selfies to Facebook. She had been updating her status with a post that read “The happy song makes me so HAPPY.” A minute later police were called to make reports of the crash.

Automobile collisions have been the leading cause of death for American teens for generations.

Engaging with hand-held technology increases the risk of getting into a crash by three times and in 2012, 3,328 people were killed in distraction-affected crashes. Worryingly, it’s estimated that approximately 660,000 drivers are using their cell phone or another electronic device while driving at any given moment in the day. 

Checking social networks while driving can take up as much as 20 seconds, and in this time you could travel the distance of five soccer fields at the speed of 100 km/h. Don’t let a driving selfie be the last social media post you ever make. Pay attention to the road and stay safe. 

Laura Moulden is a road safety writer for Your Legal Friend. Click here to see the full post.