Cell Phones Drive Motorists to Distraction

Cell Phones Drive Motorists to Distraction

There’s already enough to focus on while driving, but apparently, that’s not enough for us – we have a touch of the ADD (Attention Deficit while Driving) syndrome. Topping the list as the biggest distraction for drivers is, not a big surprise – texting.

Although many states and provinces have banned texting, it seems like we just can’t put down the cell phone. In a study done by Autoglass, where 3,000 motorists were polled, texting took the prize as the top activity to partake in while behind the wheel (well, other than driving that is).

Of those polled, more than half (51 percent) indicated that texting/SMS diverted their attention of the road. And when they aren’t texting, they are talking – 40 percent noted the gabbing on the cell took up their attention while driving.

Here’s a surprising fact – the worst offenders happened to be in the over-55 age group. This is the age where drivers are seen as the safest demographic (and who knew that middle-aged adults knew how to text).

Other result from this Autoglass survey found that men are twice as likely (35 percent) as women (15 percent) to take their eyes off the road when checking out a hottie walking by. To divert a women attention, you just need to be cute and furry – ladies are almost twice as likely as men (25 percent compared with 13 percent) to be distraction by trying to avoid an animal in the road.

[Source: Auto Express]

Find a top ten list of distractions that drivers cited after the jump:

•    Texting – 51% •    Talking on phone – 45% •    Changing radio/CD player – 40.4% •    Staring at an accident – 39.8% •    Eating or drinking – 37% •    Children in the car – 36% •    Talking to a passenger – 32.3% •    Road rage – 32% •    Having an argument – 31% •    Lighting a cigarette – 29%