However, the researchers found that distracted driving substantially increased the risks for new drivers. Compared to when they were not involved in secondary tasks, novice teen drivers were:
- eight times more likely to crash or have a near miss when dialing
- seven to eight times more likely when reaching for a phone or other object,
- almost four times more likely when texting, and
- three times more likely when eating.
Talking on a cell phone did not increase risk among the adult or teenage drivers. However, because talking on a cell phone is preceded by reaching for the phone and answering or dialing--which increase risk greatly-- the study authors concluded that their results provide support for licensing programs that restrict electronic device use, particularly among novice drivers. They also stressed the need for education about the danger of distracted driving.
Imagine phones integrated into the car electronics with a microphone in the steering wheel to hear your voice. If the phone could recognize your voice telling it which number to dial you would never have to reach for it. Then you could use the phone while driving with little impact on safety.
What would work even better: a self-driving car that could take over when you go reach for the phone or that would just always be in control. We will get there. Might take another 10 years though before it is affordable.
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