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Statistics

I text, but I use the infotainment system. That's OK, right?

No, it's not OK!

Taking your eyes of the road for two seconds doubles the risk of an accident.

True or False?

If the infotainment system lets me do a task, it must be safe.

False.

There are no mandatory standards governing in-vehicles infotainment systems.

True or False?

By using voice commands, I'm avoiding distraction.

False.

It's not your eyes that are distracted, it's your brain - and often for longer than if you were pressing buttons.
What is the most distracting task while driving?
Programming navigation or GPS systems.

Should I stop using the infotainment system?

No.

The key is to use it more wisely.
Drivers who check their phones while driving are how many times more likely to be in a crash?
Eight times!

Here are some additional surprising statistics on distracted driving and its consequences:

Texting and Driving
  • Checking a text for 5 seconds means that at 90 km/h, you’ve travelled the length of a football field blindfolded.
  • About 26% of all car crashes involve phone use, including hands-free phone use. (National Safety Council)
  • Estimates indicate drivers using phones look at, but fail to see, up to 50% of the information in their driving environment. (National Safety Council, 2012)
Distracted Driving
  • Drivers conversing on mobile devices, either hands-free or hand-held are up to four times as likely to be involved in a crash. (AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 2017)
  • 80% of collisions and 65% of near crashes have some form of driver inattention as contributing factors. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2010)
  • Driver distraction is a factor in about 4 million motor vehicle crashes in North America each year. (RCMP, 2014)
  • 10% of fatal crashes, 18% of injury crashes, and 16% of all police-reported motor vehicle traffic crashes were distraction-affected crashes. (National Highway Safety Administration, 2015)
  • Distraction was a factor in nearly 6 out of 10 moderate-to-severe teen crashes. (AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 2015)
  • Almost half of all people killed in teen (15-19 years old) distraction-affected crashes were teens themselves. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2013)
The Economics of Distracted Driving
  • Economic losses caused by traffic collision-related health care costs and lost productivity are at least $10 billion annually. That’s about 1% of Canada’s GDP! (Government of Canada)
  • The economic and social consequence of road crashes in Canada is estimated to be $25 billion per year, including direct and indirect cost, as well as pain and suffering. (Traffic Injury Research Foundation)

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