Daydreaming a Major Factor in Distracted Crashes: Study

Daydreaming a Major Factor in Distracted Crashes: Study

The lyrics in rock band Supertramp’s song “Dreamer” might have new meaning to some people in light of a study on distracted driving.

“You know, well you know you had it comin’ to you. Now there’s not a lot I can do. Dreamer, you stupid little dreamer. So now you put your head in your hands, oh no…”

And so the song goes, although Supertramp probably never sang it with the slant that daydreaming drivers could be causing crashes. Believe it or not, that seems to be the case according analysis of crash data by Erie Insurance Group. The findings suggest that 62 percent of fatal distracted driving crashes happened because of daydreaming behind the wheel.

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Study after study hammer the point home that texting, talking, or any other form of cell phone use while driving poses serious risks. Those studies seem to have missed one of the biggest problems plaguing U.S. roads: nincompoops with driver’s licenses.

“The results were disturbing,” Doug Smith, senior vice president of personal lines at Erie, said in the statement.

In fact, the study shows cell phone use trailing in second place, accounting for only 12 percent of fatal distracted crashes. Next in line, seven percent went to rubbernecking while other occupants counted five percent. Eating, smoking, adjusting the radio and shuffling junk were also among the listed distractions, but contributed one or two percent each.

[Source: Erie Insurance Group via Automotive News]