Paying attention to ringing phone while driving may be risky
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Paying attention to ringing phone while driving may be risky

By: Shivani Arora

Published on: Fri 08 Sep 2017 07:00 PM

Uttar Pradesh News Portal : Paying attention to ringing phone while driving may be risky

 Nearly 50 per cent of drivers ignore safety and believe that paying attention to a ringing phone while driving may not be as risky as talking, texting or browsing, researchers say.

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According to a study:

  • The findings showed that locating a ringing phone, checking who is calling.
  • And rejecting or answering the call, seems to be easier for drivers and they perceive it to have only a mid-range crash risk.
  • However, according to research, this task is one of the most risky activities a driver can engage in.
  • This is because drivers are likely to adapt their driving behaviour when talking, texting and browsing.
  • By reducing their speed, increasing their distance from the vehicle in front and scanning their environment more frequently.
  • On the other hand, a ringing mobile phone can occur at any time.
  • In addition,without giving time for the driver to adapt their behaviour and therefore increases the likelihood of a crash.

Experiment:

  • In the study, the team examined 484 Queensland drivers.
  • They found that 45 per cent admitted to locating and answering a ringing phone.
  • Compared to 28 per cent who reported speaking on a handheld device.
  • More drivers reported looking at a screen for more than two seconds or locating and answering a ringing phone.
  • In addition,than they did talking on a handheld phone, texting or browsing.

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