Distraction: Dreaming behind the wheel is more dangerous than talking on the phone

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Dreaming behind the wheel is more dangerous than talking on the phone

Distraction: Dreaming behind the wheel is more dangerous than talking on the phone-

Telephoning while driving still costs 40 euros a fine and earns one point, in future the fine will increase to 70 euros

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A new study from the USA suggests that using a cell phone while driving a car does not cause as many accidents as assumed. But a German expert is skeptical.

I.In the USA, a study has now found that drivers daydream too much when they are behind the wheel.

Police reports from 2010 and 2011 were evaluated for a study by an American insurer. It shows that in one in ten fatal accidents, distraction was the cause of the accident.

According to the analysis, however, this was not because the drivers were busy using their mobile phones – this was only the case with twelve percent of those who were distracted. On the other hand, 62 percent said they had been in their thoughts and simply dreamed.

There is hardly any reliable data

So isn’t the cell phone at the wheel as dangerous as many studies have previously claimed? Yes, says Siegfried Brockmann, Head of Accident Research at German insurers. "There is a high probability that the interviewed persons who caused the accidents feared insurance-related or criminal consequences when they gave a police statement."

In other words: You were able to put your cell phone aside quickly after the accident and then lied to the police.

With this, the expert identifies a problem that accident research is faced with: collecting reliable data. One possibility of obtaining reliable data is to observe motorists with cameras over a very long period of time and thus determine their actual behavior in dangerous situations. The accident researchers are currently testing this method in a long-term study.

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