Almost everyone does it but not everyone knows the acutal effects of texting and driving. Most people are told that being distracted while driving is never a good thing and to always avoid it but do people really know how much texting can affect ones reaction time? If you take an average speed of 30 miles per hour, the average stopping distance would be around 7.5 meters. However if you add in the distraction of texting the stopping distance increases to 17.43 meters. If you were to convert that to feet it would be about 30 extra feet to stop. Now lets say someone was speeding and going 70mph and decided to text. Without texting, the average stopping distance is around 18 meters; however, now add the distraction of texting, the stopping distance increases to around 41 meters. In no way would that ever be safe.