But do you text and walk?
Texting behind the wheel increases the risk of a crash by six to seven times, according to research spanning 2012 to 2015 by VTTI. Although heightened awareness about the hazards of texting and driving has reined in that habit somewhat, says Dingus, a coauthor of Survive the Drive!, staring at your phone on the street or in a parking lot isn’t much better. “Distracted walking is a worrisome trend among pedestrians,” says Alan Hilibrand, M.D., a spokesperson for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). “People are putting themselves and others at risk by walking into traffic and tripping over curbs or potholes.” In 2015, about 1,300 emergency-room visits were connected to walking while texting, reveals data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. “That number is probably much higher, since many people don’t admit to distracted-walking injuries,” says Hilibrand. Avoid scrapes, bruises, broken bones, or a life-threatening accident by stepping out of the flow of cars, bicycles, and people before checking your phone.