Here’s the conclusion to our blog series.
Additional Important Facts about Distracted Driving
5 – Cellphone conversations are NOT the same as having a conversation with another passenger in your vehicle.
This may be another surprising distracted driving fact, as, on the surface, it may seem like having a conversation with someone in your car versus someone on the phone is the same and that one wouldn’t be more dangerous than the other.
However, researchers at the University of Utah have found that, in fact, these two actions are quite different and that:
- Cellphone conversations when driving are far more risky and potentially dangerous than conversations with other passengers.
- When motorists have cellphone conversations, they become far less attentive to their driving environments, often missing seeing various critical driving cues.
- With conversations with others in the same vehicle, however, other passengers can remain alert to the driving conditions, pointing out potential risks to motorists (who may miss seeing them) and altering their speech patterns to correspond to changing driving conditions (so that, for instance, drivers can focus when driving conditions become more complicated/require more attention).
6 – Distracted driving accidents are 100 percent preventable.
This may be the single most important fact about distracted driving, as the bottom line is that distracted driving does NOT need to happen, nor does it need to put people’s safety and lives at risk. Underscoring this fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has pointed out some safety tips for motorists to keep in mind and help them do their part to stop distracted driving.
Here’s what the NHTSA recommends:
- Turn off your cellphone (and other devices) and place them out of reach before you start driving.
- Talk to your teens about the dangers of distracted driving.
- When you are a passenger, speak up and tell drivers to stay focused on the road if you notice them becoming distracted behind the wheel.
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