Car Stereos Cause More Accidents than Cellphones, New Study Reveals

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Institute for Advanced Motorists, A UK-based highway safety group, announced the results of a study concerning vehicle accidents caused by distracted drivers, and found that adjusting the car radio accounted for more accidents than talking on a cell phone...

"The recent survey IAM/Vision Critical survey, which polled nearly 1500 regular UK drivers aged 18 years and over, also found that of the 500 drivers who admitted to having a near miss, almost one in five (18 per cent) then went on have a crash.

The most common distractions are:

Children in the car (29%)
Changing the radio channel (27%)
Back seat drivers (26%)
Mobile phone use (24%)
Sat nav (15%)
Attractive pedestrians, drivers or passengers (14%)"


The study also fround that men are nearly twice as likely to crash because of a distraction than women (11% and 6%).

“If you think you can multitask and drive then think again", IAM chief executive Simon Best said. "Using mobile phones and other distractions were a factor in more than one hundred deaths on our roads last year, every one of them avoidable.”

The survey involved 1,447 respondents.

The IAM is the UK’s largest independent road safety charity, dedicated to improving standards and safety in driving, motorcycling and cycling. The commercial division of the IAM operates through its occupational driver training company IAM Drive & Survive. The IAM has more than 200 local volunteer groups and over 100,000 members in the UK and Ireland. It is best known for the advanced driving test and the advanced driving, motorcycling and cycling courses. Its policy and research division offers advice and expertise on road safety.

Full details of the study can be found here:
http://iam.org.uk/media-and-research/media-centre/news-archive/20439-what-takes-our-eyes-off-the-road

Source: iam.org.uk

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