The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute mentioned texting whereas driving “will increase the chance of a crash far more than earlier research have concluded with motorists taking their eyes off the street longer than they do when speaking or listening on their cell telephones.”
The institute used cameras to constantly observe mild automobile drivers and truckers for greater than 6 million miles. It discovered that when drivers of heavy vans texted, their collision threat was 23 occasions better than when not texting, native media reported.
Dialing a cellular phone and utilizing or reaching for an digital system whereas driving elevated threat of collision about six occasions in automobiles and vans, the research mentioned.
Current analysis utilizing driving simulators instructed that speaking and listening have been as harmful as texting, however the “naturalistic driving research clearly point out that this isn’t the case,” the native media quoted a launch from the institute as saying.
“The dangers of texting typically utilized to all drivers, not simply truckers,” the researchers mentioned.