The Distracted Driving Quiz - One Test You Can't Take Twice
by Glenn Johnson

Most of us are self-proclaimed experts on the dangers of distracted driving. You think you know it all; even say you do. Research shows that...yea, you probably do. Yet, given all of that knowledge, you or someone you know continues to engage in distracted driving (even if it's illegal or banned in the state you live in).
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So, let's test this knowledge shall we? Take the following quiz. Be honest with yourself. After all, you're putting all of us in harm's way when you drive distracted.

1. How much more likely are you to get into an accident dialing a phone while driving vs. not dialing a phone?
a. 1x's more likely
b. 2x's more likely
c. 3x's more likely
d. No difference
e. I'm a great multi-tasker, doesn't apply to me

2. In 2009, 5,474 people were killed on U.S. roads in motor vehicle crashes as a result of distracted driving. What percent were attributed to using a cell phone while driving?
a. 5%
b. 12%
c. 18%
d. 25%
e. 33%

3. 16% of all drivers in this age group involved in fatal crashes were reported to have been driving while distracted. Which age group was it?
a. Under 20 years of age
b. 21 to 29 years of age
c. 30 to 39 years of age
d. 40 to 55 years of age
e. 55 years of age and older

4. Of the drivers involved in fatal crashes that were reportedly distracted, the age group with the highest percentage of those that involved cell phone use was?
a. Under 20 years of age
b. 21 to 29 years of age
c. 30 to 39 years of age
d. 40 to 55 years of age
e. 55 years of age and older

5. Texting while driving increases the risk of an accident...
a. 5x's more
b. 10x's more
c. 16x's more
d. 23x's more
e. Have no idea

6. How many states prohibit texting while driving?
a. None
b. 12
c. 22
d. 30
e. All 50 states

7. Which of the following is not considered an act of distracted driving?
a. Texting on a cell phone
b. Talking on a cell phone
c. Eating
d. Putting on makeup
e. Changing the station on the radio
g. None of these

8. An online survey of 1,999 teens ages 16-19, conducted in May, found that 84% were aware that distracted-driving behaviors increase their crash risk. Of those teens that were aware, how many admitted to texting and talking on cell-phones, eating, adjusting radios, driving with four or more passengers and applying makeup regardless of the risks?
a. 25%
b. 55%
c. 72%
d. 86%
e. 99%

9. Which of the following reasons did teens give researchers as to why they engage in distracted driving?
a. It takes only a split second
b. They don't think they'll get hurt
c. It makes driving less boring
d. They're used to being connected to people all the time
e. All of the Above

10. What percentage of all texting adults say they have sent or read a text message while driving?
a. 33%
b. 47%
c. 54%
d. 62%
e. 75%

So how did you do? The answers will be at the end of this article for you to check.

Bottom line, distracted driving and especially using a cell-phone while driving, is an epidemic in the U.S. Thinking that it won't happen to you is like playing the odds at a casino. Sooner or later, you lose.

When I've spoken to friends, family (I'm the father of three boys), and business associates about the dangers, more often than not I hear "I'm careful". I call it the "Ostrich Syndrome": burying your head in the sand when it comes to facing the facts about driving distracted.

If you're a parent, do you want your children doing it? If you're an employer, do you want your employees using their cell-phone in your vehicle? If you're unsure, check with your risk manager or insurance agent, but I think you know the answer.

Just search the Internet for articles related to distracted driving accidents and deaths. It's not just teenagers that are risking their own life, the lives of their friends, family, and complete strangers, it's everyone who drives and uses their cell-phone. In a split second, the world around you can change forever, physically, emotionally and financially.

Denying the temptation to text, talk, and even email while in the car is unfortunately difficult, and we succumb too often. Next time though, try resisting. If you want to make a call or send a text, ask yourself, "is this call a life or death scenario", if yes, then call 911. If not, then ask yourself, is making the call or sending the text worth the risk? And, if you must use your cell phone, pull off the road because the alternative could be someone making that 911 call to help save your life.

Answers: 1.c; 2.c; 3.a; 4.c; 5.d; 6.d; 7.g; 8.d; 9.e; 10.b

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