Free Texting and Driving Persuasive Speech

While most people understand that text messaging while operating a vehicle and other forms of distracted driving are extremely dangerous, many still engage in these behaviors regularly. So how do you talk to them about the risk of texting and driving in a way that gets through to them? 

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On this page, you will find a free downloadable example of persuasive speech on texting and driving and a professionally written outline, as well as:

  • Examples of creative attention-grabbing openers, argument talking points, and helpful tips for ending lines.
  • Inspirational YouTube videos to help you practice your delivery.
  • A bibliography of resources.

Speech Example

persuasive speech on texting and driving

If you want to know how a professional speech writer would approach this topic, there’s a free example speech you can download. Going through a finished speech might help you with your persuasive argument, as well give you any tips on opening and closing remarks. 

Number of words: 1100-1800
Number of pages: 2-3
Type: Persuasive
Duration: 5 minutes
Style: Casual / Informal
Download: Persuasive Speech on Texting and Driving

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Below is our detailed outline example for those who want to write their own speech.

Outline Example 

In this section, you’ll find a ready-to-use outline for a persuasive speech about texting and driving, featuring example introduction and conclusion statements, as well as some helpful talking points. Texting and driving can be an emotional and very personal topic for many, and you may have a lot to say, but it’s important to be specific and focused with your argument, and organize your speech around a few key talking points. Here are some ways you can approach the subject. 

Speech Characteristics 

Topic

Why Texting And Driving Is A Dangerous Habit

Specific Purpose

To persuade the audience to reconsider texting while driving and potentially stop using their phones while driving altogether.

Central idea

Texting and driving can have severe consequences on your safety and the safety of those around you, and can even lead to legal trouble. It is never worth it to text and drive.

Speech Outline

  1. Introduction
    1. Attention grabber – The attention getter is extremely important. It’s the first thing your audience judges you on. If listeners aren’t hooked from the start, they might be disinterested in the rest of your speech. Try one of these methods persuasive speakers use to catch their audience’s attention:
      • Tell a personal anecdote: “Last month I got pulled over for texting and driving. I didn’t think it was such a big deal, until he told me someone my age had died in a car crash on that stretch of road just the week before with his phone in his hand.
      • Directly engage with the audience: “Imagine you’re driving, and you get a text. You glance over quickly just to check, but it’s been raining and your car hits a puddle and starts to skid. BANG! You’ve crashed into the car in front of you that was slowing for a red light.“
      • Share a shocking fact or statistic: “Did you know that 5 seconds is the minimum amount of time that a driver who’s texting is looking away from the road? The minimum. If you’re traveling at 55 mph, that means that in the span of a single text, you’ve driven the length of a football field without looking at the road.”
    2. Thesis – The thesis statement is used to inform listeners of your stance on the subject and give them an idea of what you’re going to argue. An example thesis for a speech about texting and driving would be:
      • Texting while driving is a selfish and unsafe activity that is never justified.
    3. Qualifications – The audience needs to trust you as a speaker, so you should always state what makes you qualified to talk on the subject. Things to consider about your qualifications when presenting on texting and driving include:
      • Have you taken a first aid course and/or assisted at road accidents?
      • Are you a doctor or nurse, studying to become a doctor or nurse, or do you have any other job in the medical field?
      • Do you study a subject related to distracted driving?
      • Do you go to, teach at, or have you graduated from a traffic school?
      • Do you have a personal experience that inspired you to raise awareness on the subject of road safety?
      • Are you part of an organization that wants to raise awareness?
      • Have you done first hand research collecting distracted driving statistics?
  2. Body

      Now that you have successfully made your introduction, it’s time to get the audience convinced. Present several arguments to support your thesis and support each argument with factual evidence to sway the listeners’ opinions. Here are some examples of arguments you can make in a speech about texting and driving:

    1. While you may have decided to accept the risks of texting and driving, it’s not only your own life at stake. You cannot “accept the risks” for everyone else on the road, instead you are choosing to be a danger to others. (Provide a reason or argument for why listeners should agree with your thesis)
      • Texting and driving is extremely distracting and makes it much harder to respond to sudden changes in traffic or road conditions, such as cars suddenly braking or a pedestrian running into the road. – Support the argument with facts, statistics, or analysis.
      • Other cars and drivers aren’t the only ones in danger. According to the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 605 passengers, 400 pedestrians, and 77 bicyclists were killed in distracted driving car accidents in 2018 alone. – Support the argument with facts, statistics, or analysis.
    2. According to AT&T’s Teen Driver Survey, while 97% of teenagers agree that texting and driving is dangerous, 43% of teen drivers admit to having done it at least occasionally. It’s easy to tell yourself that what you have to say is important or that it’s not so bad to do it “just once,” but even if the content of your text message is crucial, there are always better alternatives to texting and driving. (Provide a reason or argument for why listeners should agree with your thesis)
      • Most smartphones come with features for dictation and text to speech so you can send and receive text messages without looking away from the road. – Support the argument with facts, statistics, or analysis.
      • If you’re worried about someone being upset that you’re not replying, there are even apps that will auto-reply to text messages informing texters that you’re currently driving and will reply when you can. – Support the argument with facts, statistics, or analysis.

      If you have been expecting an important email or message, you always have the option to pull over to the side of the road and reply without endangering yourself or others. – Support the argument with facts, statistics, or analysis.

  3. Conclusion

    The conclusion is another essential part of your speech. Somе would argue it is the most important one, summing up and tying together all of your arguments into a clear closing statement which cements your argument in the mind of the audience and incites your listeners to action. The conclusion should contain three parts:

    1. Summary – Briefly remind the listeners of the arguments you’ve made and why they should agree with your position.
      • Texting while driving is never a justified choice. Not only are you choosing to endanger other people besides yourself, but you are doing so when there are many alternatives available.
    2. Unique ending/ Audience challenge – End your speech with a powerful closing thought or recommend a course of action.
      • The next time you get in the driver’s seat, I want you to ask yourself, “Am I prepared to harm someone today?” And if the answer is no—which I truly believe it is for all of you—do me a favor and put your cell phone away.
      • If you have a friend or family member with the bad habit of texting while driving, talk to them today. Tell them about the fear you feel for them every time they drive away. Tell them the statistics you learned today. You could be preventing a terrible car accident and ultimately, saving someone’s life.
    3. Thank the audience for listening.
      • Thank you for listening today, and I hope you come away from this conversation with some things to think about. Drive safely.
      • Thank you for your time, everyone. Stay safe out there.

YouTube Examples

Having your speech written is important, but just as important is your delivery. A practiced, well-delivered speech will always be more persuasive than one read directly from a page, which is why we’ve compiled some examples of inspiring speeches about texting and driving, as well as some other helpful resources to help your performance!

This heartfelt speech by a 4th grader is a great example of how to persuade an audience about the dangers of texting and driving. 

Brad Gorski was texting and driving when in the span of time it would take you to snap your fingers, his life changed. Now, he tells his story.

A texting and driving persuasive speech from John Cortes entitled “Texting and Driving…Don’t Do It!”

Texting and Driving Persuasive Speech

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Works Cited

AT&T Teen Driver Survey

NHTSA Distracted Driving Survey

Drivers Still Web surfing While Driving, Survey Finds

Texting And Driving Statistics

Teen Crash Risks Prevention

Facts About Texting and Driving

Cite this article as: Jim Peterson, "Free Texting and Driving Persuasive Speech," in My Speech Class, April 4, 2022, https://www.myspeechclass.com/examples/texting-driving-persuasive.html.