Some good news during this National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. A recent study surveyed 1,000 people aged 25 and older about their habits driving when alone and then with kids in the car and the results were positive. There was a clear decline in distracted driving behaviors when the adult was driving with a child in the car versus driving when they were alone in the car. Distracted driving is one of the deadliest behaviors you can partake in behind the wheel and has a direct link to many New Haven auto accidents.
Any time we find study results that point to a decline in distracted driving behaviors that is good news. While we would encourage everyone to not drive distracted at all, when these behaviors show a decline it is reason to celebrate. So let’s look at the numbers more closely;
- Adults were 20% less likely to program a navigation system while driving with a child in the car
- 13% of adults surveyed were less likely to talk on the phone with kids in the car
The study, by the National Safety Council (NSC) also had some less promising news about the respondents behaviors behind the wheel. Four out of five respondents admitted to using their cellphone while driving, this was either using it as a handheld device or handsfree. Also, the study found that COVID-19 had an impact on their driving behaviors with 11% of all respondents saying that during the pandemic they were driving faster and over the speed limit. This increase was blamed on less congestion on the roads.
Distracted driving is always dangerous and should not be something that any of us do behind the wheel. The reality is that the draw of a cellphone or a navigation system is pretty strong and if you absolutely must use this while on your trip, pull over to do it. Fiddling with anything besides the road can have an impact on your safety and can lead to a New Haven auto accident.
Accidents happen and if one happens to you we can help you review your case. Contact our office and one of our experienced attorneys will review the details of your case and help you protect your long-term interests.