Next time you want to tuck into a sandwich or quench your thirst while driving, be sure to think about the dangerous consequences.
Recent data from Lytx Europe has found that drivers who eat and drink while driving are 3.6 times more likely to be involved in a collision than those who do not. This is due to the distraction caused when full attention should be given the road and other vehicles. This is almost as high as the collisions resulting from use of a mobile device while driving: Lytx’s data shows drivers using a smartphone or tablet are 4.7 times more likely to be involved in a collision than drivers who do not.
You’d imagine that the safety difference between those driving while using a hands-free device and those who do not would be drastic, but these findings reveal that there is very little difference; just a 0.1 variation at 4.6 times more likely.
Del Lisk, vice president of Safety Services for Lytx, said: “We know that distracted driving is a significant factor in vehicle collisions, and our predictive analytics show that distractions such as eating and drinking or use of smartphones and tablets are among the leading causes of collisions. Everyone should consider that the next time they think about eating behind the wheel. Getting into a collision and potentially causing serious injury simply isn’t worth it.”
Lytx UK general manager Paul Jones added: “Approximately 1,750 people were killed and 200,000 people were injured on UK roads in 2012, according to the most recent Department for Transport figures. The fact is that the majority of these incidents are due to human error and are avoidable. We’re dedicated to using our technology to help professional drivers adopt safer driving habits and measurably reduce the risk that is happening on our roads every day.”
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Image credit: Lytx infographic