"You are 23 times more likely to crash when you drive distracted", Allstate.ca

September 23, 2013, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

Distracted driving is reported to cause 80% of all accidents in Canada. Insurance companies are working hard to educated people on the dangers of it. What's surprising is that many Canadians don't realize what distracted driving really means. It isn't only texting and phone use that is a distraction.

According to Allstate.ca the top 5 distractions for Canadians behind the wheel are:

  • Eating or drinking (77%)
  • Adjusting music (63%)
  • Looking at passengers (51%)
  • Playing music loudly (45%)
  • Reaching for an item in the back seat (39%)

The difference between what we perceive to be distracting (only 19 percent of people think adjusting music is a distraction) versus the reality of distraction is thought provoking.

You may notice that texting and driving don't make the top 5 list. 35% of those aged 33-48 admit to doing it and when they do they increase their risk of crash 23 times.

I applaud the Justdrivecanada.ca campaign. Take a moment to look at the site, the facebook campaign, and consider what your distractions behind the wheel are.



Posted under Distracted Drivers, Personal Injury, Spinal Cord Injury

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