What Are Some Hazards of Driving While Using Your Cellphone?


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Driving while using a cellphone is a form of distracted driving, reducing the driver's awareness of his surroundings and increasing his reaction time. Approximately one out of four car crashes involves cellphone use.

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One study found that participants using a cellphone exhibited delayed braking reactions and were involved in more accidents than when they did not have a cellphone. Several studies have also found that driving impairment due to cellphone use occurs regardless of whether the cellphone is a hands-free or handheld device. Lastly, talking on a cellphone causes impairment to drivers' peripheral vision, rendering them blind to objects they would normally see, such as a person in a crosswalk).

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