Research on Distracted Driving Has Surprising Results
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 3,450 people were killed in distracted driving accidents in 2016. An AAA poll found that about 90% of drivers believe distracted driving is a growing problem, and a Traffic Safety Index survey in 2017 found that 88% of drivers fear distracted drivers more than aggressive or drunk drivers. With the introduction of cell phones and digital technology, the risk of distracted driving has become an increasing concern in the U.S. While using a cell phone is often thought to be the main cause of distracted driving, recent studies have shown that there is another more dangerous activity.
Research conducted by the NHTSA has found that talking to passengers is more risky than using a cell phone behind the wheel. According to the statistics, about 57% of all distracted auto accidents are caused by having a conversation with passengers. Only 12% of distracted driving crashes are caused by using a cell phone. Other actions of passengers in the car, such as dancing or fighting in the backseat, contribute to an additional 7% of distracted driving accidents.
The research shows the importance of avoiding all types of distractions. Distractions can be manual (taking your hands off the wheel), visual (taking your eyes off the road), or cognitive (taking your mind off of driving). Having an argument with a passenger or getting lost in a conversation is just as dangerous as using a cell phone while driving. Drivers must avoid distractions at all costs and stay focused on the road.
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