Distracted driving

Almost one accident in 10 involves the use of a telephone while at the wheel. Sending messages, but also using apps or social media seriously affect a driver's attention.

The smartphone is the only device that involves all four sources of distraction that can divert a driver's attention:  

  • Auditory: your attention is diverted by something you hear.
  • Visual: your attention is diverted by something you see.
  • Manual: your attention is diverted by what you are doing.
  • Cognitive: your attention is diverted by thinking.

Risks of using a smartphone while driving:

  • Telephoning while at the wheel multiplies the risk of an accident by 3, reading or writing a message by 23.
  • Sending a message diverts a driver's attention for 5 seconds.
  • While you are looking at your phone for 2 seconds at 130 km/h you will have travelled 150 m.

However, smartphones are not the only thing that can distract drivers. That being the case, follow this advice:

  • Concentrate on the road, even in a traffic jam.
  • Avoid doing anything else but driving.
  • Set your radio and satnav before you set off.
  • Be aware that even conversation with passengers is a source of distraction.
  • Avoid eating and drinking while you are driving.
  • Remember and take account of the fact that other road users can be distracted.
  • If you find that you are having difficulty concentrating on the road, stop and have a break.

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