Drivers of today face more distractions than ever before, such as phone ring tones, text chimes, email pings, face time tings, etc. etc. whilst at the wheel of their vehicles.
A recent survey in the USA which tracked 3,500 motorists with cameras, speed & acceleration monitors, and GPS location, set out to confirm what has the most risk to driving abilities. This enabled researchers to collect not only precise collision times for hundreds of crashes, but also determine where driver’s eyes were directed moments before a crash.
By analyzing millions of miles of driving data collected over three years the team found that dialing a phone was the most dangerous distraction, increasing a drivers’ chance of crashing by 12 times.
This was followed by reading or writing, which increased the risk by 10 times. Reaching for an item other than a cellphone came next, increasing the risk by nine times. Texting increased the risk by six times, reaching for a phone increased it by nearly five times and browsing a phone or reading email nearly tripled a person’s chances of getting into an accident.
Drivers were distracted at some point in more than half of the trips they took, the researchers found, doubling their odds of a crash. Distractions were also a factor in nearly 70 percent of the more than 900 serious crashes examined.
No distraction rivaled the risk involved with driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol, which multiplied crash rates by 36 times. Researchers also found that driving while crying or visibly angry was as risky as reading and writing, increasing risk by 10 times.
So pay attention fellow drivers, the facts are now out there proving that split second of concentration loss can cost you very dear.