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Daydreaming Causes More Car Accidents Than Texting
by Chris Malone,posted May 17 2013 5:12AM
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Recently texting has been front and center to be banned in Florida. Come to find out, texting is not a fatal as you would think. Daydreaming causes more fatalities than anything else!
Being distracted or lost in thought accounted for 62% of fatal accidents caused by a distracted driver, followed by a very distant 12 percent caused by cell phone use, which includes not only talking, but also texting, according to a survey by Erie Insurance. Of the more than 65,000 people killed in car crashes over the past two years, one in 10 were in crashes where at least one of the drivers was distracted, according to police report data analyzed by Erie Insurance in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a nationwide census of fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Distracted driving is any activity that takes your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, or your mind off your primary task of driving safely.
The top 10 driving distractions involved in fatal car crashes are:
Generally distracted or lost in thought, daydreaming: 62%
Cell phone use (talking, listening, dialing, texting): 12%
Outside person, object or event, such as rubbernecking: 7%
Other occupants (talking with or looking at other people in the car): 5%
Using or reaching for a device brought into the vehicle, such as navigational device or headphones: 2%
Eating or drinking: 2%
Adjusting audio or climate controls: 2%
Using other device/controls integral to the vehicle, such as adjusting rear view mirrors or using OEM navigation system: 1%
Moving object in the vehicle, such as a pet or insect: 1%
Smoking related, including smoking, lighting up, putting ashes in the ashtray: 1%