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Four Distracted Driving Myths [Infographic]

May 24, 2013
When it comes to the realities surrounding distracted driving, can you separate myth from fact? Take a look at this infographic to find out.

How often have you heard someone claim that using hands-free device renders behind-the-wheel cell phone conversations perfectly safe? Well, the National Safety Council (NSC) has news for those drivers: Using a cell phone while driving, even when both hands are planted firmly on the wheel, is dangerous behavior – and to believe otherwise is to buy into one of the biggest distracted driving myths out there.

The reality, according to the infographic “The Great Multitasking Lie,” is that drivers using handheld or hands-free cell phones are four times more likely to be involved in a car crash. NSC also estimates that drivers using cell phones are involved in 21 percent of all crashes in the United States.

NSC’s infographic outlines four myths surrounding distracted driving:

  • Myth 1: Drivers can multitask.
  • Myth 2: Talking to someone on a cell phone is no different from talking to someone in the car.
  • Myth 3: Hands-free devices eliminate the danger of cell phone use during driving.
  • Myth 4: Drivers talking on cell phone still have a quicker reaction time than those who are driving under the influence.

View the infographic below to learn more:

About the Author

Laura Walter

Laura Walter was formerly senior editor of EHS Today. She is a subject matter expert in EHS compliance and government issues and has covered a variety of topics relating to occupational safety and health. Her writing has earned awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE), the Trade Association Business Publications International (TABPI) and APEX Awards for Publication Excellence. Her debut novel, Body of Stars (Dutton) was published in 2021.

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