According to research by Monash University’s Accident Research Centre, Australian motorists are distracted by something other than driving every 96 seconds.
By being distracted, drivers are increasing their risk of crashing almost tenfold.
Researchers examined 117 drivers from NSW and Victoria over a 4 month period by having 4 cameras fitted in strategic places in their vehicle’s cockpit to monitor their driving behaviour.
Cameras revealed that drivers spent almost half of their total driving time distracted or performing secondary tasks. In fact some people did several things at once such as eating and talking on the phone at the same time while driving or adjusting the radio while on the phone and driving.
Researchers warned that anything that takes a driver’s eyes off the road even for 1 second, could lead to a crash.