Posted on April 20, 2015
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month – allowing traffic safety advocates the opportunity to shine a light on the issue.
Distracted driving has become a hot topic of conversation, debate and policy making these days. Cell phones are a major target, but distractions are anything that takes your mind and attention away from your main task — driving.
Distractions can take many forms, including:
Several studies have shown that driving performance deteriorates while performing other complex tasks. For example, one Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) study found that while texting and driving, participant reaction times were doubled, and they were less able to maintain lane position and a constant speed. Another TTI study found that even when using voice-to-text applications, driver reaction times were doubled.