“X the TXT” Campaign Hopes to End Texting and Driving

The U.S. Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood, has joined forces with American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, as well as Congressional leaders and Allstate Insurance senior executives to urge Americans to stop texting and driving. With previous recommendations to stop the action, this group hopes that their “X the TXT” campaign will help the message finally sink in.

About “X the TXT” Campaign

The “X the TXT” campaign was initiated to encourage teens and their parents to stop texting on their electronic devices while behind the wheel. The campaign is a part of a broader effort initiated by Allstate Insurance to make the roads safer by reducing distracting driving and essentially lowering auto insurance rates.

The campaign began with an official 30-city tour that included pledge events, a Facebook virtual pledge page and a petition urging Congress to address the issue of texting and driving. So far, 75,000 Americans have pledged not to text and drive and another 5,000 have signed a petition urging Congress to pass federal legislation banning texting and driving.

Texting and Driving Raises Auto Insurance Rates

Not only have studies shown that texting and driving is dangerous because of the obvious – it takes your attention away from the road – but there is a direct correlation between auto insurance rates and texting and driving. If you get into a car accident while texting, your insurance company will be on the hook for paying for the other car and injuries, as well as your car if your comprehensively covered.

As a result, your auto insurance rates will increase and your monthly premium will be higher. There are so many reasons to stop texting and driving, including increasing the safety of you, your passengers and other drivers on the road. But if none of those reasons appeal to you then eliminate this practice to keep your auto insurance premium low.