24 Dec 6 Damaging Myths about Distracted Driving Refuted
Understanding the facts about distracted driving is integral to making safe choices behind the wheel – and to reducing your risk of a crash. Here are some of the most damaging misconceptions about distracted driving, along with the reasons why you should no longer buy into these myths (if you ever thought they were true):
- It’s not a big deal if I do one other thing while I drive – Wrong! It is a big deal if you multitask as you drive because this will cut your focus and attention on the road in half (at the very least). In fact, multitasking while driving can even cause you to miss seeing things in your driving environment despite the fact you may be looking at them. This experience, known as “inattention blindness,” can prevent you from perceiving up to 50 percent of your surroundings.
- Hands-free devices help eliminate driver distractions – Not at all! Holding cellphones and using hands-free devices can be equally distracting because the element that is causing the distraction is the conversation with someone outside of the vehicle, not holding a phone.
- New vehicle technologies also cut down on driver distractions – This isn’t necessarily true because a number of newer vehicle technologies, such as in-vehicle infotainment systems, have been found to divert motorists’ attention from the roads for up to 30 seconds or so.
- Distracted driving is really only a problem among teen drivers – Nope! All drivers can be (and are) susceptible to distractions, regardless of age.
- Distracted driving is problem for other drivers, but not me – Wrong again! Surprisingly, this is a common misconception people have, as many drivers believe they are able to safely multitask behind the wheel while other drivers can’t. As we noted above, though, multitasking for any driver can be distracting and dangerous.
- Drunk drivers are far more dangerous than distracted drivers – Not necessarily, especially if you look at recent data regarding distracted drivers and the crashes they cause. In fact, while studies have found that distracted drivers are about 6 times more likely than drunk drivers to cause crashes, it’s also be discovered (via federal data) that distracted drivers cause about 1 in every 4 crashes in the U.S.
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