You ever zone out while driving somewhere and start thinking about laying on a tropical island knocking back Drambouie? Yeah? Don’t do that. Here’s why…
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. I know because I got a text about it while I was driving to work this morning.
But distractions can take other forms, as we discussed last month, kids in the car can distract, and now a study shows that your own thoughts can distract you.
The Erie Insurance Group did a study to see if daydreaming was as dangerous as texting while behind the wheel of a car. Yup, it is. An alrming FIVE TIMES more distracting.
The study found that about 10% of the fatal car crashes in the U.S. in the past two years were caused by a distracted driver. Of those accidents, 62% were a result of a driver who was just kinda lost in thought. 12% were a result of using a phone.
7% were caused by rubbernecking . . . 5% were from kids or passengers distracting the driver . . . 2% were caused by eating and drinking . . . 2% were caused by reaching for something . . . and 1% were caused by pets.