Most people recognize the dangers of texting while driving, including the 44 states which have banned the activity for all drivers. However, only 14 states ban talking on a hand held device while driving.
The National Safety Council (NSC) says talking on the phone is no less of a distraction than texting. Driving and cell phone conversations both require a great deal of thought and our brain is unable to do both well at the same time. It’s like trying to read a book and drive a car says the NSC. This multi-tasking often leads to delayed braking times or missed traffic lights and an alarming number of crashes.
This data provided by the NSC for 2014 outlines causes reported for crashes nationwide.
The bottom line: there’s no safe way to use a cell phone while driving. Like any distractions behind the wheel it’s safest to pull over for any activity that will take your attention from the road.
Source: National Safety Council