A new study shows that children are likely to be more of a distraction than anything else. The study shows that children are 12 times more likely to cause a distraction than a mobile phone.
The researchers, from the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) found the average parent takes their eyes off the road for three minutes and 22 seconds during a 16-minute trip.
“Previous research has shown that, compared with driving alone, dialling a mobile phone while driving is associated with 2.8 times the crash risk, and talking or listening while driving is associated with 1.3 times the crash risk,” Associate Professor Charlton said.
“The costs of distracted driving are undeniable. One major and previously unrecognised distraction is kids in the backseat.”