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Daydreaming Worse Than Texting And Driving, Study Says

6:35 PM, Apr 11, 2013   |    comments
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Charlotte, NC (WBTV) -- Have you ever wondered how you got to your destination when you arrive and park your car. You don't remember anything about the road trip.

Your mind just seems to wander from the road, traffic to things like staying awake, checking off your to-do list, and yes, even daydreaming.

It's the latter that experts say is worse than texting and driving. Yes, daydreaming ranks right up there with texting and driving.

That's according to a new study by Erie Insurance Group. It found out of 65,000 people killed in car crashes from 2010 - 2011, one in 10 involved distracted driving. They discovered drivers who daydreamed were five times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash compared to those using an electronic gadget like a cell phone.

The study also revealed the number one reason behind fatal crashes according to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System was daydreaming involving 62% of those accidents. That's compared to texting and other cell phone distractions which accounted for 12% of those crashes.

The AAA Foundation gives the following tips to help keep focused on the road:

  • Driving should be considered as a complicated task requiring all your attention. They suggest only making 20 complex decisions for every mile you drive.
  • If you find yourself daydreaming identify the cause, divert it, and try to refocus your attention.
  • Remove distractions that you have control of before you drive.

WFMY News 2/WBTV

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