According to National Public Radio, some recent studies on distracted driving suggest that Americans are far more likely to engage in distracting behavior while driving than Europeans. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted a survey of American drivers, on which close to 70% of respondents admit to having talked on their cell phone at least once in the previous month. In another survey, taken in several European countries, only 21% of British drivers reported talking on the phone, and about 40% in France and Germany. The surveys also covered texting and driving, which is generally thought to be even more dangerous than talking on the phone. About one in three Americans said that they send text messages or email while driving. This is roughly double the number of Spanish or British drivers who reported doing so. There didn’t seem to be a difference between the numbers of men and women who use their phones while driving, but drivers between the ages of 18 and 34 are more likely to use the phone while driving than drivers over the age of 34.
There are, of course, many possible distractions on the road for every driver, and there seem to be more and more all the time. As a driver, you can't control flashing signs, the behavior of the other drivers with whom you share the road, or a number of other potential distractions. You can, however, control your own behavior. Some researchers have suggested that talking on the phone occupies more of your attention than talking to another person in the car. Sending a text message or email takes your eyes away from the road for much longer than you would ever do while speaking to someone who is in the car with you. According to the US Department of Transportation over 3,000 people are killed in distracted driving accidents each year.
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