Using a cell phone behind the wheel doubles the likelihood that you will make driving mistakes or have an accident.
The research, led by Spanish insurance company Mapfre, concluded that a call with a smartphone while driving reduces driver attention by 36 percent.
This percentage increases to 40 percent when communication is stressful. If a driver reads and responds to, for example, messages on WhatsApp, his loss of attention reaches up to 53 percent.
Mapfre, in collaboration with Adhara Research and the Institute for Sustainable Mobility have conducted a study and as a main result it turned out that, every use of a mobile phone doubles the likelihood of making mistakes in the direction of the vehicle or having an accident and serious mistakes such as going off the road, colliding with another vehicle or hitting a pedestrian. A driver makes an average of 33.7 errors per hour while talking on a cell phone.
The use of smartphones affects the way you drive, and a study by Mapfre also found higher fuel consumption when making calls or sending messages. The 9.5 percent increase in fuel consumption is motivated by planned acceleration, braking and misuse of speed.
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