Texting and driving: are you guilty? We all know that we are not supposed to, but so many of us do it anyway, "just this once." It might very well be the most dangerous thing you do. Reading a text takes your eyes away from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. If you're traveling at 55 mph, you're going the length of a football field without looking. In 2010, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that distracted drivers were behind 18% of all fatal crashes, leading to the deaths of 3,092 people. Since alcohol-related car accidents have dropped by 52% since 1982, it seems that texting and driving has taken its place as the leading cause of accidents and driving deaths of young people.