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September 06, 2021

Is texting while driving causing more accidents?

The vast majority of Americans consider themselves to be good drivers, even though 76 per cent of them eat or drink behind the wheel, 55 per cent speed, 53 per cent talk on a handheld phone, and 37 per cent drive when they're too tired, according to a recent survey

921217_crashed_carWhat's interesting is that most people quizzed are even more concerned about the behaviour of other drivers around them. Like texting while driving, for instance. 

Are Canadian drivers that much different? Probably not, according to recent research from InsuranceHotline.com.

While dangerous driving practices such as speeding or entering an intersection on a yellow/red traffic light are commonplace amongst Ontario drivers, these aren't the bad habits that really seem to annoy other people. Again, texting leads the way.


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Sending or reading a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, which estimates that at just 88 kilometers per hour such a lapse in concentration is like driving the length of an entire football field while blindfolded.

Good news, however. Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are studying software on a cell phone that could analyze keystrokes to determine when that phone’s user is distracted and might be  composing and sending text messages from behind the wheel.

In that case, the phone could shut off texting functions automatically.

What's your biggest beef when it comes to driving? If it's texting, are you ever guilty as well?

By Gordon Powers, MSN Money



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Gordon PowersGordon Powers

A long-time fund company executive, Gordon Powers now heads up the Affinity Group, a financial services consulting firm. Gordon was a personal finance columnist for the Globe & Mail for many years, has taught retirement planning...

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