Children More Distracting Than Cell Phones to Drivers
Most parents know that their children's backseat bickering can be one of the most annoying things they face on the road.
Now a new study says children may be a bigger distraction for drivers than talking or texting on cellphones.
Australian researchers say they found that children are 12 times more distracting to the driver than talking on a cellphone is. They found the average parent takes his or her eyes off the road for an average of three minutes and 22 seconds during a 16-minute trip.
When experts warn about talking and texting, people can make the choice to not use the cellphone in the car.
But families, often darting from school to after-school activities to home, can't decide to just leave the kids at home.
Parents should teach children the importance of good behavior in a vehicle; they should learn that they can't fight while riding in the car and that if they drop a toy or food no one will pick it up for them until the car stops.
Parents also should realize they have to set a good example for their children.
And they should know just how distracting their children can be, and resist the temptation to turn around and take their eyes off the road when their children ask for their attention.
For years driving parents have tossed the question over their shoulders to bickering kids: "Do you want me to pull this car over?"
The answer is yes. There's nothing wrong with pulling over to have a talk, either on the cellphone or with the children.
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