Sunday, April 14, 2013

Stop, daydreaming and focus on driving!

Stop, daydreaming and focus on driving!
Paul A. Eisenstein, the Detroit Bureau - 5 days

Keep your mind on the road and your hands on the wheel. At least, that's the warning that we should take heart from a new study on the causes of many traffic deaths: daydreaming.

Apparently are you be five times more frequently involved in a fatal accident, because you "" were lost in thought as if you were distracted by the use of an electronic device, according to new research by the Erie Insurance Group.

"Were to interfere with the results," said Erie Senior Vice President Doug Smith.

The study focused on the 65,000 fatal accidents that have occurred in the United States 10 percent in the past two years as the result of some kind of distracted driving - in accordance with federal and other insurance industry estimates identified.

But what was the research next came as a huge surprise. It identified 62 percent of falls as a result of simply as "lost in thought." That could mean, failed on the back of another vehicle, rolling through a red light or another driver error recognize a dangerous curve in the road, running. In contrast, only 12 percent of fatal accidents were blamed, the collected data on some form of the use of mobile phones.

Other forms of distractions, which include:

««Rubbernecking, 7 percent;
Children or other passengers, 5 percent;
For an object elsewhere in the car, reach 2 per cent;
Eat or drink, 2 percent.

Contain other, lighter factors to achieve operating vehicle controls, such as the heating or the radio, and even an ashtray. Pets were also a problem for incidents that 1 percent of all deadly distracted driving blamed.

"Distracted driving any activity, which takes your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel or your thoughts your primary task of driving is safe", Smith said. "We looked at what law enforcement officers across the country reported, if they filled reports of fatal crashes and the results were disturbing." "We hope that the data will encourage the people who avoid these risky behaviors that unnecessarily involved increase their risk of a fatal accident."

The study was released just in time for what the U.S. Department of transportation distracted driving national awareness month has declared.

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While Erie could find many other distractions that can lead to fatal crashes, it continues to emphasize the need to pull a driver over to send texts, and avoid the use of mobile phones while driving.

Recent studies support the concern that this has become a serious problem. In November last year as reported, a State Farm study found almost half of drivers under 29 while using the Internet at least once in the month behind the wheel.

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