Distracted Driving Beyond Cell Phone Use

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Modern automobiles come with a wide array of sophisticated gadgetry, and these gadgets do increase the risk of distracted driving.

The Department of Transportation has focused very heavily on distractions arising from the use of cell phones at the wheel. However, although cellphone use and texting while driving remain some of the most destructive practices affecting motorists, the fact is that there are other distracting practices that can pose an equally severe risk of accidents while driving.

For instance, statistics show that eating while driving is much riskier, and increases your risk of being involved in an accident much more than having a conversation on a hand-held cellphone. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the extended glance length of eating while driving caused a 1.57:1 crash risk ratio. However, in comparison, having a conversation on a hand-held cell phone while driving caused a 1.29:1 crash risk ratio.

We have all done it, especially while driving along a long and uninteresting highway. Daydreaming, or dreaming while driving increases the risk of an accident. According to one study by an insurance company, drivers who were lost in thought are believed to be to be involved 62% of the time in auto accidents. Daydreaming while driving is a hugely underestimated risk, because the person is not necessarily taking his eyes off the road or his hands off the steering wheel, but the risks of being involved in an accident are just as great. Distraction does not have to involve taking your eyes off the road and your hands off the wheel.

Modern automobiles come with a wide array of sophisticated gadgetry, and these gadgets do increase the risk of distracted driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that accident risks increased when drivers took their eyes off the road for more than two seconds. There is a wide array of gadgetry, displays, controls and high technological aids that are fairly standard in many automobiles, and increases accident risks.

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