Here’s a sobering fact: a new study suggests that children are a greater cause of distracted driving than cell phones. 12 times more to be exact. And the most distracting act? Turning to look at children in the backseat, which accounted for 76 percent. Compared to that, conversing with a child at 16 percent and assisting a child with food or drinks at 7 percent pales in comparison. Not even the presence of a front seat passenger did much to improve these results.
The test found that during a 16-minute car ride, drivers actually looked away from the road of a total of 3 minutes and 22 seconds—a whopping 21 percent of the time spent driving. And new moms fare the worst, as they are often the most fatigued and stressed with 10 percent admitting to an accident with their baby in the car. Parents also admit to many distractions related to their little ones, including playing the music loud to calm a crying child, handing them items they dropped on the floor, and feeding them with bottles.
Investing in child safety monitors is a great way to reduce distracted driving. With our brand new Infanttech’s baby monitoring system for cars, we can help reduce that 76 percent of parents who were distracted by turning around. This simple yet effective gadget not only protects the safety of parent and child, but also other drivers and pedestrians.
It’s difficult to calculate just how many accidents are attributed to parents being distracted by their children, but the facts are building up and it’s time we take safe driving more seriously. While baby monitors won’t be able to solve all of our problems—that’s largely up to us parents to correct—it will certainly help reduce a large amount of risk.
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