As distracted driving awareness month kicks off, new research shows a 35 percent increase in distracted driving-related fatalities.
According to Forbes.com, new research has been published by the Ohio State University Risk Institute in conjunction with distracted driving awareness month. Along with a 35 percent increase in fatal accidents related to distracted driving, the research showed that the most common distracted driving behavior reported was adjusting music. The second most common was adjusting the GPS, followed by talking on the phone and reading texts.
In addition, the research shows that the majority of respondents who perceived themselves to be better-than-average drivers reported more distracted driving behaviors than drivers with lower perceptions of their driving ability.
Distracted driving is any activity that diverts a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. Any activity a driver engages in that isn’t driving is a potential crash-causing distraction. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 3,477 people killed in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2015.
The United States Department of Transportation defines the three main types of distracted driving as follows:
While all distractions can endanger drivers’ safety, texting is the most alarming because it involves all three types of distraction. Research has indicated that even the use of hands-free phone conversations can cause drivers to miss visual and audio cues that could help them avoid an auto accident. The National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS) estimated that at a typical daylight moment in 2014, there were 587,632 passenger vehicles driven by people using hand-held cellphones.
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