Picking up from 6 Distracted Driving Myths Debunked (Pt. 1), below is a continued discussion of the truth behind some of the most common distracted driving myths.
Myth 3: Distracted driving is really only a problem among teen drivers.
False! While drivers who are 20 years old and younger are the most likely to be using their cellphones while driving, distracted driving is unfortunately a significant problem for drivers of all ages – and factors like being intoxicated while driving tend to increase the risk of distraction, as well as of getting into motor vehicle accidents.
It is important to point out, however, that while distracted driving is a serious issue for drivers of all ages, the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) has found that:
- About 1 in every 5 teen drivers admits to texting while driving at least once every time they get behind the wheel of a vehicle.
- Teen drivers account for more than 25 percent of the motorists who cause fatal distracted driving car accidents.
- Distracted driving can be a more serious problem when it comes to teen drivers due to these drivers’ inexperience.
Myth 4: Drunk driving is far more dangerous than distracted driving.
Wrong! Tragically, distracted driving has been found by some regulators and researchers to actually be as dangerous or, in some cases, even more dangerous than drunk driving. In fact, as the NHTSA reports:
- Texting while driving (and some other forms of distracted driving) can be as dangerous as driving after having consumed about four alcoholic beverages.
- Texting while driving can be up to 6 times more likely to result in a motor vehicle accident than drunk driving.
Despite these findings, however, texting while driving seems to be more difficult to target and deter, particularly because many motorists continue to think that texting while driving:
- Is not that big of a problem
- Doesn’t really impair their driving abilities (even though they tend to think that it’s unsafe for other motorists).
Potentially compounding this problem is the fact that it’s usually more difficult for law enforcement officials to identify when motorists are texting while driving (when compared to pinpointing when drivers may have been drinking and driving).
Stay posted for the final installment of this blog for the conclusion of our discussion regarding the truth behind some of the most common distracted driving myths.
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