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Distracted driving facts every new driver should know

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Most new drivers are aware that they are taking a risk every time that they use a mobile phone or other device when they’re driving and that it increases theie chances of having an accident.

However, the reality of just how dangerous distracted driving really is and how much harm it causes, seemingly just isn’t enough to stop new drivers from doing it.

The fact is that many studies have now proven that using a mobile phone when driving is at least as dangerous as driving while drunk.

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1. HERE ARE SOME FACTS for new drivers that they should all be made aware of demonstrating the nature of the distracted driving crisis and its shocking consequences…

ONE IN SIX MALE DRIVERS UNDER 25 HAS CRASHED DUE TO MOBILE PHONE USAGE.

– ONE IN THREE HAVE USED FACEBOOK WHILE DRIVING

62% HAVE READ A TEXT, 42% HAVE SENT ONE AND 25% ADMIT TO HAVING EXTENDED CONVERSATIONS VIA TEXT WHILE DRIVING.

These startling facts highlight the problem; distracted driving fatalities are tragedies in their own right, and are particularly sad because they are completely preventable.

2. THE DRIVER GROUP AT THE HIGHEST RISK OF ACCIDENTS IS YOUNG DRIVERS

Teenagers have held the unfortunate distinction of having the highest crash rate of any age group for decades, largely due to the combination of thrill-seeking behavior and inexperience behind the wheel.

With their ever-present mobile devices, the car is now a more dangerous place than ever for young drivers

Teenagers can find it difficult to resist the temptation to use their mobile device while behind the wheel. One in four motorists in this age group are distracted by mobile phone use at any given time

This level of distraction has major consequences. The Automobile Association in the US, used video cameras to analyse accidents whilst

tracking driver behaviour and found that “distraction was a factor in nearly 6 out of 10 moderate-to-severe teenage driver crashes. This is 4 times the magnitude of estimates based on police reports, primarily because police reports are usually only compliled following fatal accidents.

3. THE DANGERS OF DISTRACTED DRIVING ARE NOT RECOGNISED BY THE MAJORITY OF TEENAGERS

As we all realise, teenagers are well-known for their invincible approach to life and this is backed up by research. One in five teenagers admit that they feel that texting impacts their driving performance.

Studies have shown that a texting driver looks away from the road for an average of five seconds. A car driving at 50 miles per hour travels over 350 feet in this time, which is longer than a football pitch.

4. PHONES MAY NOT BE THE ONLY DISTRACTION WHEN DRIVING, BUT THEY ARE THE MOST DANGEROUS

Campaigns to educate drivers about distracted driving have focused on mobile phones, but there have been driving distractions since cars were invented.  A recent study evaluated new drivers and measured the risk of driving distractions of different types.

‘Dialling on a mobile phone’ was found to be the single most dangerous

activity whilst driving and one which increases a young driver’s risk of having an accident by a factor of 8.3.

‘Reaching for an object other than a mobile phone’ came a close second, with an associated accident risk of 8 eight times above normal. Of course, many other distractions predate mobile phones, such as eating, drinking, shaving, rubbernecking, map reading, and retuning the radio, all of which contribute to accidents to a lesser extent.

5. MATTERS AREN’T IMPROVED BY HANDS-FREE KITS.

Hands-free kits provide only an illusion of safety. Research shows that their use is almost as dangerous as handheld devices.

The ability to multitask is consistently overestimated by drivers and one whose mind is distracted by hands-free interaction is almost as dangerous as one who takes their hands from the steering wheel to answer a mobile or looks down to send a text.

A recent study on cognitive distraction explained “As mental workload and distractions increase, reaction time slows, brain function is compromised, drivers scan the road less and miss visual cues, potentially resulting in drivers not seeing items right in front of them – including stop signs and pedestrians.”

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