According to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, it’s dangerous to chat and drive.
In fact, this study monitored the behavior of 241 drivers in 100 vehicles who logged two million miles, got into 82 crashes and 751 near-crashes.
The findings? Multi-tasking drivers who put on makeup, eat food or chat on their cell phones are three times as likely to be involved in a crash as more attentive motorists:
• Almost 80% of crashes and 65% of near-crashes happen within three seconds of some form of driver distraction.