A new poll confirms what you probably know but don’t want to think about: a large majority of drivers admit to being dangerously distracted while behind the wheel.
Conducted by the Harris Poll, the survey includes data from more than 2,800 adults.
In 2009, nearly 5,500 people died and another 450,000 sustained serious injuries in automobile accidents related to distracted driving.
"Despite all of the attention paid to cell phone distractions in the past few years, this survey highlights the broader problem that drivers do a lot of things behind the wheel that distract them…People have driven distracted long before there were cell phones" said Russ Rader, spokesperson for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Rader points out that while technology has helped create new driving hazards, it may also help to minimize the risks. "Crash-avoidance technologies" like automatic braking systems could help prevent collisions when the driver in front of you suddenly slams on the brakes.
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