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Distracted Driving?

Posted by ifitsgotanengine on April 25, 2006

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the results of the NHTSA‘s recent study on the causes of accidents. It seems that driving while distracted – whether using a cell phone (hands-free, even), eating, etc. – is more dangerous than speeding.

Think about that for a minute.

I had read it, but it took some prodding by Mark Tapscott to get me really thinking about it. He asked:

“…then why should law enforcement continue to devote so much time and resources to speed enforcement? And shouldn’t insurance companies penalize distracted drivers more than speeding drivers?”

Both very valid questions. When was the last time you were ticketed for distracted driving?

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The study can be found here. I haven’t looked into it very deeply yet, but here are some preliminary thoughts.

  • 2,000,000 miles by 100 cars = 20,000 miles per car per year.
  • 82 accidents out of those 100 cars = 82% chance of accident every 20,000 miles driven.

That’s crazy! I average ~25,000 miles per year and have only ever had one accident, 14 years ago.

  • Drowsiness is a significant problem that increases a driver’s risk of a crash or near-crash by at least a factor of four. But drowsy driving may be significantly under-reported in police crash investigations.

I suspect it is under-reported because you’re awake after you crash (which is when the police are there). I don’t see any way to correct this.

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As an aside, I have updated my links section. Some of the sites had moved (Ben’s Car Blog and The Garage) and now my links reflect this. Also, I have added Tapscott Behind the Wheel. Be sure to check them out!

One Response to “Distracted Driving?”

  1. Stacey said

    Attetion is a must when driving. Drivers must be cautious espcially when on the road. This will save and prevent us from car accidents. Read The Car Monomaniac for other information about cars and other auto-realayed topics.

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