Contact Us

Is Daydreaming the Worst Driver Distraction? [POLL/AUDIO]

While New Jersey continues to crack down on distracted driving by handled cell phone use, a new study shows that might not be our biggest problem.  What is?  Daydreaming.

Distracted Driving
Flickr User Timo Newtown-Syms

The Erie Insurance Group study of 65,000 fatal crashes in 2012 found distractions played a role 10 percent of the time, with daydreaming being involved in a significant number of them.

The study identified three main forms of distractions:

  • Cognitive Distractions:  Not paying 100 percent attention to what is in front of you while driving.
  • Manual Distractions:  Playing with a radio or a cell phone while driving.
  • Visual Distractions:  Eyes not on the road.  Looking at something else, looking out the window, or at a cell phone.

Cognitive distraction, like daydreaming, was five times more prevalent than cell phone misuse, which is labeled under manual distractions.

“Our study showed that the most common definition of what actually was a contributing factor in an accident with a fatality happened to do with just simply daydreaming,” said Erie Insurance Group Vice President Doug Smith.

The study found visual distractions came in third on the fatal cause list.

Smith said, “It’s important for us as drivers to stay aware of the risks.  I think we need to avoid the temptation to engage in more than one form of distraction at a particular time and of course we also need to serve as a role model for others.”

 

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

 

 

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://wobm.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on 92.7 WOBM quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on 92.7 WOBM quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!