our mission

We are a student-led, peer-to-peer, national awareness campaign with a mission to end distracted driving and promote digital wellness.

End Distracted Driving

TextLess Live More empowers young people nationwide to change their behaviors behind the wheel. One text, one moment of distraction, one glance down, can mean disaster. By simply putting the phone down while driving and encouraging others to do the same, you can prevent tragic crashes and save lives.

Facts on Distracted Driving

Promote Digital Wellness

This culture of online connectedness contributes to what we call distracted living, where our dependence on communication technology affects our focus and overall well being. We believe that by examining individual digital habits and understanding digital dependence, we can change our culture of distracted living, prevent distraction behind the wheel, and promote health and wellness.

Facts on Digital Wellness

Peer-to-Peer education

Also called peer learning, a peer-to-peer education model is one in which students learn from each other, leading to a mutual understanding of the material and of one another. This style, employed in universities and schools across the world, central to our mission and history. We believe that young people have the power to educate and influence one another for good.

Make an Impact

TextLess Live More is the nation’s only organization to address the correlation between distracted driving and distracted living.

our inspiration

TextLess Live More was founded by friends of Merritt Levitan, an 18-year-old who lost her life on July 3, 2013 to a distracted driver who was texting behind the wheel. Merritt died because of 4 seconds of texting. She is the inspiration behind our mission.

For Merritt

types of distraction

Distracted driving happens because of three different kinds of distraction: visual, manual, cognitive.

  • Visual distractions take our eyes off the road. 
  • Manual distractions make us take our hands off the wheel. 
  • Cognitive distractions drag our minds away from our driving. 

Using a phone while driving is particularly dangerous because it causes all three kinds of distraction.

distracted driving facts

9 people are killed each day in the U.S. in crashes caused by a distracted driver

NHTSA

Mental distractions can last up to 27 seconds after a text or distraction occurs

AAA

Drivers under the age of 20 have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes

NHTSA

In 2019, 39% of U.S. high school students admitted to texting or emailing while driving at least once during a 30-day period

CDC

digital wellness facts

2/3 of Americans somewhat or strongly agree that ‘unplugging,’ or taking a ‘digital detox,’ is important for their mental health

APA

47% of Americans do not have meaningful in-person social interactions on a daily basis

CIGNA

he average adult spends 10 hours everyday connected to some form of media

NIELSON

89% of cell phone owners say they used their phone during the most recent social gathering they attended

PEW

distracted driving & distracted living

Ending distracted driving and promoting digital wellness go hand in hand. We know our desire to be constantly connected can have serious repercussions when we are behind the wheel. This culture of online connectedness also contributes to what we call distracted living, where our dependence on communication technology affects our focus and overall well being. We believe that changing our individual digital habits can change our culture of distracted living, prevent distraction behind the wheel, and save lives.

TextLess Live More empowers young people nationwide to engage in meaningful dialogue to change behaviors and create communities working towards working towards healthy digital habits—both in and outside of the car.

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