What Is The Worst Driving Distraction?

Your Kids maybe the Worst Driving Distraction!

Eating and drinking behind the wheel, texting while driving, and even engaging in personal hygiene, are all major distracted driving actions. Although unsafe at any speed while operating a motor vehicle, one of the worst driving distractions has to do with parents. A recent study conducted in Australia determined that having children in the back seat is a driver distraction by far worse than any other distractions that drivers will engage in.
The Monash University Accident Reasearch Centre in Melbourne, Australia, pronounced that having children in a vehicle while driving is 12% more distracting than a driver who engages in a conversation on their cellphone. The study, which observed the driving habits of 12 families over the course of 3 weeks included participants with an average of two children, aged 1-8 years old. Four cameras installed in each vehicle monitored a total of 92 trips across the study participants.
The findings were discouraging. The report confirmed that the most common distraction for parents was turning to look at their children in the back seat of the vehicle. Parents commonly would react to sibling squabbles and fussy babies by taking their eyes of the road. On average, parents looked away for a total of 3 minutes and 22 seconds during a 16 minute drive.

Drivers Are Not Aware of the Worst Driving Distraction

These numbers are shocking considering parents are transporting their most precious cargo, their children. According to the study findings, male parents appeared more distracted by their children than female parents, taking their eyes off the road for longer periods of time during the timed drives. In addition to parents reacting to their children, further distractions in the study observations included parents looking at their children in the rear view mirror and adjusting the DVD player.To summarize the study’s findings.

1. The most common distraction observed was a parent who turned to look at their child in the back seat. 76% of the participants exhibited this behaviour.

2. 16% of parents in the study had conversations with their child in the rear seat.

3. 12% of distracted driving activity related directly to interaction between the driver and their children, in comparison to mobile phone use which only represented 1% of activity when children were present in the vehicle.

These findings, simply put are alarming! It is clear that drivers have a tendency to overlook their children as major source of distracted driving activity. Education is key to identifying and solving this problem, according to Young Drivers of Canada. In addition to making parents aware of the dangers of distracted driving when it comes to child passengers, caregivers and nannies need education as well. After all, children are a driver’s most precious cargo. Awareness through education is crucial to keeping that cargo, and drivers who share the roadways safe.

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