This is an excerpt from the article, “Our Driving Concern – Employer Traffic Safety Program.” For more info, please visit http://www.nsc.org.
Cell phone use while driving isn’t just a visual and manual distraction, but a cognitive distraction. In addition to taking their eyes and hands off the wheel, distracted drivers take their mind off the primary task of driving.
Drivers talking on cell phones miss half of the information in their driving environment.
Drivers using cell phones not only display slower reaction times and have difficulty staying in their lane, but also are less likely to see:
More information on cognitive distraction can be found in the National Safety Council’s white paper, “Understanding the Distracted Brain.”