Concluding our three-part blog 6 Distracted Driving Facts for Distracted Driving Awareness Mo., here are some final eye-opening facts about distracted driving that the National Safety Council (NSC) has been spotlighting as part of its Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign this month.
Fact 5: Distracted driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving.
This may be one of the more shocking distracted driving facts out there. The fact is that, when drivers are distracted, their impairments can be as dangerous – or sometimes even more dangerous – than drunk driving. Specifically, the NHTSA has reported that:
- Drivers who text while driving are about 6 times more likely to cause car accidents than drunk drivers.
- Texting while driving can cause impairments that are similar to getting behind the wheel after drinking four alcoholic beverages.
Fact 6: Using hands-free devices is no safer than using cellphones while driving.
Many people feel that, if they are using their hands-free devices, then they are doing their part to be safe drivers. However, the NSC’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign specifically points out that:
- The real problem lies in drivers trying to multi-task while driving.
- Using hands-free devices takes drivers’ attention away from the road.
- Drivers who use hands-free devices or otherwise try to multi-task while driving lose up to 33 percent of their ability to process visual information immediately outside of their vehicle. Such information specifically pertains to changing driving and roadway conditions (such as traffic signs, other motorists’ actions, changing signal lights, etc.).
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