Do you talk on your cell phone when you drive? I do, all the time. Did you ever think about how dangerous this really was?
A recent study found that drivers who talked on their cell phones were just as impaired as drunk drivers and were more likely to get into accidents. These results were consistent for both handheld cell phones and hands free devices.
Researchers at the University of Utah had 40 participants using a driving simulator four times. The drivers drove while undistracted, talking on a handheld cell phone, talking on a hands free cell phone and drunk with a 0.08 blood-alcohol level. The simulation car followed another car that braked at random intervals.
When compared with undistracted drivers, cell phone drivers drove slightly more slowly, were 9 percent slower to brake, displayed a 24 percent greater variation in their distances from the car in front of them, were 19 percent slower to resume speed after braking and were more likely to crash.
The drunk drivers drove more slowly and more aggressively than both undistracted and cell phone drivers.
In this study, the only drivers to rear-end the car in front of them were the cell phone drivers. None of the drunk drivers got into accidents.
Think twice about dialing and driving. And look out for those cell phone drivers.
What do you think? Do you think driving with cell phones should be illegal?