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requires 100 percent of your attention.
Its a statement that seems glaringly obvious something youd expect to find in the first pages of a driving-school workbook, not worthy of a second thought. After all, who doesnt pay attention when driving?
By the Numbers
And the experts agree. Recent studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report that at least 25 percent of crashes reported to the police involve some form of driver inattention. Estimates from other studies report figures ranging as high as 35 to 50 percent.
Lots of different distractions are affecting lots of different drivers, and those distractions are taking their toll.
According to AAA studies, a driver doing something as seemingly mundane as inserting a CD increases the likelihood of an accident six times compared to, for example, glancing at the fuel gauge. Programming onboard navigation systems can increase the likelihood of an accident 30 times, and talking on a cellular telephone in a moving vehicle quadruples the risk of an accident.
Gender plays its part, too. Most (63 percent) of the distracted drivers were male. As a group, males drive more than females and are more likely to be involved in serious crashes.
What can you do? While you cant affect the attention level of the other drivers around you on the highway, you can take a long look at your own driving style and consider what you can do (or not do) while youre behind the wheel to eliminate distractions. Your safety, as well as the safety of your passengers, depends on it.