Tysons Auto Specialties wants to remind you that it is now against the law to text while driving in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This past March, the Virginia Legislature put some muscle behind their concern for this increasingly dangerous activity, banning text-messaging while driving. Even though a driver cannot be pulled over simply for texting, it is considered a violation when combined with another offense.

Mixing the two has never been a good idea. In crashes or near-crashes, a report from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute highlights that texting takes a driver’s focus away from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, enough time to travel the length of a football field at 55 mph.

The report concluded that people who send text messages while driving are 23 times more likely to be in a crash (or what they call a near-crash event) than nondistracted drivers.

The best rule to follow is: keep your hands on the wheel not the keyboard!

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