Did you know?

klau_sa1204142_thumb111x111At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010.

 

I see people driving with cell phones in hand all the time and I’m sure you have too.

Did you know this?

Engaging in visual-manual subtasks (such as reaching for a phone, dialing and texting) associated with the use of hand-held phones and other portable devices increased the risk of getting into a crash by three times.

 

Or this?

Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent-at 55 mph-of driving the length of an entire football field, blind.

 

I didn’t know this:

Headset cell phone use is not substantially safer than hand-held use.

 

Have you talked with your teen driver about this?

A quarter of teens respond to a text message once or more every time they drive. 20 percent of teens and 10 percent of parents admit that they have extended, multi-message text conversations while driving.

 

Maybe adults should have a conversation with themselves about texting and driving.

These statistics come from Distraction.gov, a website that tells things straight up:

All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:

  • Texting
  • Using a cell phone or smartphone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

 

But, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.

 

This week, the New England Journal of Medicine provides a short “Quick Take” video to accompany a study of the dangers of distracted driving in novice and experienced drivers.  You can watch it here or by clicking on the car below.

 


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 (NEJM)