July 31, 2018 | David Silverstein 5 seconds is the minimal amount of attention that a driver who texts takes away from the road. If traveling at 55 mph, this equals driving the length of a football field without looking at the road. Texting makes a crash up to 23 times more likely. Teens who text while driving spend 10% of the time outside their lane. According to AT&T’s Teen Driver Survey, 97% of teens agree that texting while driving is dangerous, yet 43% do it anyway. 19% of drivers of all ages admit to surfing the web while driving. 43 states, plus D.C., prohibit all drivers from texting. 40% of teens say that they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone. The most recent National Occupant Protection Use Survey finds that women are more likely than men to reach for their cell phones while driving. According to 77% of teens, adults tell them not to text or email while driving, yet adults do it themselves “all the time.” 9 in 10 teens expect a reply to a text or email within five minutes or less, which puts pressure on them to respond while driving.