Apr 15, 2008

Driving With Cell Phones

Not only is it dangerous to drive while talking on a cell phone, the practice can lead to multiple switches. This is because drivers tend to slow down while they are talking on their cell phones and can slow down the traffic behind them for miles.

Recent studies have shown that drivers who are talking on their cell phones in cars at a lower speed than other drivers. These drivers are also less likely to pass other vehicles slow, causing delays for traffic that is following. These drivers also tend to make sudden revolutions per minute and can swerve within its lane several times during their transfers.

Previous studies have found that hands-free mobile phones are no safer than traditional, leading experts to believe that it is the conversation, not the device itself, which is distracting. They also discovered that young adults talking on their cell phones have had the same reaction times elderly. These drivers were also as a driver with a reduced content of alcohol in the blood, which is 0.08 legally drunk in most states. This research also suggests that drivers talking on cell phones have a 5.36 higher risk of being in a car accident than normal drivers.

Cell phone users constitute about 80% of the population. An insurance company estimated that 73% of these users talk on their cell phones while driving. During any time on the streets of the United States, 10% of drivers using mobile phones. Because of these statistics, 50 countries around the world have adopted laws that ban on the use of mobile phones while driving (although these laws do not affect the use of hands-free devices).

The most recent studies have shown that drivers who talk on cell phones while moving averages and traffic congestion, where 21% less likely to change lanes, while drivers in heavy traffic were 19% less likely to pass. While this percentage may seem low, we should take into consideration that there are probably a lot of drivers who are travelling on the same stretch of road are all talking on their cell phones.

Another result of this study showed that low levels of traffic and mobile phone, 31% users spent more time behind moving vehicles slower than normal drivers. In the medium traffic, 16% have spent more time, and the heavy traffic of these drivers spent 12% more time behind slower moving vehicles. In other words, these drivers increased from 25 to 50 seconds after more than another vehicle compared to the normal driver has more than one stretch of road ten miles. These drivers were using mobile phones also drove 2 miles an hour slower.

Drivers who use their mobile phones at the wheel when they can see nothing wrong with their actions. But, as these studies have shown, they represent a threat to other pilots who are sharing the road with them. If you are one of these drivers, it may be a good idea for you to stay off your cell phone and pay attention to road transport. Your fellow drivers certainly appreciate.