We've seen it all when it comes to distracted driving. Eating, talking on the phone, applying makeup and even shaving are all activities that have taken place while people are attempting to control a moving vehicle. But is it really that big of a deal to multi-task while driving?
A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine followed two groups of drivers. One group was newly licensed, while the other had a significant amount of driving experience. They were assessed using accelerometers, cameras, global positioning systems and other sensors. The results of the study showed that novice drivers had an increased chance of a crash or near-crash when reaching for their phone or another object. Dialing the phone, texting, looking at roadside objects and eating were also high risk behaviors. The experienced drivers showed a high risk of crash or near-crash when handling a phone.
It's no surprise that newer drivers are at a higher risk for accidents when they are distracted with other activities. The study shows that experience may help drivers deal with potential small distractions. However, it is also clear that any driver, whether new or experienced, can make poor decisions behind the wheel of a car when their mind is on other things aside from operating the vehicle.
If you're running late and decide to multi-task in the driver's seat, consider the consequences. You may want to pull over to make a call, eat your breakfast or do your hair, because the result of that behavior behind the wheel may very well be not making it to your destination at all because of an accident. Whether you're a new driver or a seasoned veteran, be vigilant about staying focused on the task of driving when behind the wheel of a car to keep yourself and those around you safe.
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