Distraction-free driving makes sense. Here’s why:
- Over 90% of Canada's licensed drivers are subject to distracted driving legislation in their home province or territory. It is illegal to use a hand-held phone to call or text.
- Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to cause injury.
- Even when drivers use a hands-free phone, they are less aware of the traffic around them. They tend to react more slowly to a critical event or worse — they may not detect the danger at all.
- Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. A study found that in 80% of collisions, the driver had looked away from the road 3 seconds prior to the crash.