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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
  • About 26% of all car crashes involve phone use, including hands-free phone use. (National Safety Council)
  • 47% of Canadians admitted that they have typed out or used the voice-memo feature to send a message while driving. (CAA polling, 2020)
  • Texting is the most alarming distraction. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
  • Canadians say that texting while driving is one of the biggest threats to their personal safety on the road. (CAA, 2018)
  • 33% of Canadians admit they have texted while stopped at a red light, despite believing it is unacceptable. (CAA, 2016)
Distracted Driving
  • Mobile phone use while driving leads to 1.6-million crashes annually. (National Safety Council, 2019)
  • Over three quarters of Canadians (78%) frequently change the radio station while driving. (CAA polling, 2020)
  • Almost half of Canadians (47%) have programmed a destination on their GPS or mobile device while driving. (CAA polling, 2020)
  • A quarter of Canadians have changed a song on their phone while driving. (CAA polling, 2020)
  • Distracted driving fatalities have surpassed those caused by impaired driving in some parts of Canada. (Traffic Injury Research Foundation, 2019)
  • The likelihood of a collision is increased 3.6 times when using an electronic device. (Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, 2019)
  • If a driver texts, they’re 23 times more like to be involved in a crash or near collision. (Traffic Injury Research Foundation, 2019).
  • When using a cell phone while driving drivers have about double the incidence of crashes compared to driving without any observable distraction-type behaviours. (AAA Foundation for Highway Safety, 2018)
  • 27% of fatal crashes in BC were due to distraction. Police across Canada say that distracted driving has caused more collisions than impaired drivers. (ICBC, 2016)
  • 80% of collisions and 65% of near crashes have some form of driver inattention as contributing factors. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2010)
  • 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)
  • 94% of teen drivers acknowledge the dangers of texting and driving, but 35% of those admitted to still doing it. (Think Insure, 2019)
  • Drivers under 25 were more likely to be observed using electronic devices compared to those aged 25-49 and over although all age groups have been observed using devices while driving. (Canadian Council of Motor Transportation Administrators, 2017).
  • Drivers using advanced driver assistance systems, like lane assist, were 80% more likely to engage in visual and/or manual secondary tasks than drivers who weren’t using automated features. (AAA Foundation, 2019)
  • Drivers who drove a vehicle with advanced driver assistance systems, such as lane assist, for a month were less likely to engage in distracted driving, compared to drivers who drove similar vehicles for a whole year. This indicates that as people grow more comfortable with the technology, people are more likely to engage in distracted driving.  (AAA Foundation, 2019)
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, 2016)
  • 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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