Mobile phones and Traffic accidents
The link between cell phone use while driving and crash risk has in recent years become an area of active research. Many studies has concluded that cell phones produce a four-fold increase in relative crash riskâ€”comparable to that produced by illicit levels of alcohol
Falling asleep at the wheel may be the ultimate failure to pay attention, but drivers who are adjusting the radio, trying to discipline small children, or holding cell phones to their ears also contribute to the accident rate. And inattentive driving is a major cause of collisions.
Several studies show cell phones are a leading cause of car crashes.The reaction time of cell phone users slows dramatically, increasing the risk of accidents .Many countries have banned the use of a cell phone when driving unless used with some form of hands-free kit.
So what you can do?
- Recognize that driving requires your full attention.
- Before you get into the car, become familiar with the phone’s features.
- Use the phone only if it’s absolutely necessary.
- Use the phone only when and where it’s safe to do so.
- Ask a passenger to place the call for you and to do the talking.
- Keep the call short.
- Tell the person at the other end that you’re driving.
- Get off the phone as soon as possibleâ€”especially in traffic or bad weather.
- Don’t combine a phone conversation with other distractions.
Cell phones as a benefit
Even though the improper use of cell phones is a hazard; the news about them isn’t all negative. For example, properly used, phones in cars can mean security when you’re on the road. If you need directions, want to report a dangerous condition, or need Emergency Road Service a cell phone can be your best friend.