Distracted Driving: What You Don't See
David's research found that talking on a cell phone quadruples your risk of an accident. "For comparison purposes, someone who's drunk at a 0.08 blood alcohol level has a four-time crash increase. So talking on a cell phone is about the same as driving drunk," he says. "When you're text messaging, the crash risk goes up to eight times."
The proof is in the pictures
David warns that even if you focus all your attention on the road ahead, you still need to keep an eye on other drivers. "Many people think they're safer drivers. A lot of people think they're better than average. They think that they can talk or text while driving and it's the other person who's at fault," he says. "But the problem is everybody behind them is also weaving."
"You don't see the information in the periphery. So if there's a car, a pedestrian, something like that, you just don't see it," he says. "They're not looking at their side mirrors."
The next time you're in the car, put down the phone. "We're just not wired to multitask in that way. We think we can do it. We simply can't," he says. "And we're deceiving ourselves if we think we are."
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