Study: Drivers distracted 10% of the time

Distraction time equal to 6 minutes every hour

Author: Monica Whitsel, Associate Producer, The Morning Show, mwhitsel@wjxt.com
Published On: Jan 02 2014 11:49:00 AM EST
Road Distractions

New research is shedding light on how often a motorist is distracted from the road when driving. 

The Daily Mail reports a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed 10 percent of the time motorists are driving they're distracted. For each hour of driving this equals to six minutes of motorists' eyes off the road. 

Researchers placed 150 cameras into motorists' cars. Throughout the time of 12 to 18 months the cameras recorded how a motorist drove, such as if they served and how quickly they were to press on the breaks.

In today's busy world there are many things to distract drivers such as texting. It was one of the biggest things to distract motorists when driving, along with eating food and talking on the phone. 

When drivers talked on the phone the risk of a motorist mishap on the road did not increase. Though when teens who recently just received their license were texting the risk of a mishap increased by four times. 

The risk was even higher for teenagers when they were dialing a phone number. The risk had increased by eight times.