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Battle of the Sexes - Women are more likely to engage in distracted driving [NBC]

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mboscorelli
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Researchers say women are more likely to engage in distracted driving. A new study shows female drivers have a higher tendency of using mobile devices behind the wheel. Startling enough, the study also showed a high number of people who don't believe phones raise their risk of having an accident. Not surprisingly, people skeptical of the dangers were more likely to engage in the risky behavior.

COLUMBUS (WTNH) - Researchers say women are more likely to engage in distracted driving, at least according to a new study.

The study looks at reports that show female drivers have a higher tendency of using mobile devices behind the wheel.

Startling enough, the study also showed a high number of people who don't believe phones raise their risk of having an accident. Not surprisingly, people skeptical of the dangers were more likely to engage in the risky behavior.  

In all, the report found that talking on your cell phone while driving increases your crash risk by 2.2 times. If you're texting while driving, your risk of being in a crash increased by 6.1 times.

The study titled “Should I text or call here? A situation-based analysis of drivers’ perceived likelihood of engaging in mobile phone multitasking” appears in an international ournal published by the Society for Risk Analysis. 

https://www.nbc4i.com/news/u-s-world/study-women-are-more-likely-to-engage-in-distracted-driving/1297955352

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    SmittenKitten
    1973 Rider
     1 year ago

    Just to add some context, I posted this Infographic here:

    https://ride.guru/lounge/p/distracted-driver-men-vs-women-infographic

    Having kids in the car may be the cause to increased distraction.

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    SamanthaC8
    113
     1 year ago

    This stock photo is...  not even funny. super hot mom though.

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    Chelly
    73
     1 year ago

    Yet it was a MALE driver watching THE VOICE who crashed the DRIVERLESS Uber car. I mena come on, how distracted to you have to be to crash a self driving car. UGH

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      srider78
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       1 year ago

      No real man watches THE VOICE.  Fake.

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      CaptainChampion
      128
       1 year ago

      That dude had a ponytail.  Are you sure it was a man?

      or maye it's the ponytail that makes one a bad driver.  Can smeone look for a correlation, please?

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    RedANT
    1061 Rider Driver
     1 year ago

    Ok, so women are more likely to engage in distracted driving activities.  I'd guess that younger drivers are also more likely to engage in distracted driving.  Men are more likely to speed and drive at unsafe speeds.  It's all just averages, and the different risk factors that can be attributed to each group.

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      brownbear
      598 Rider
       1 year ago

      Yep. If you want to know who is really more likely to drive distracted, or do some other hazardous behavior, just ask insurance companies. Their bottom line depends on it. They are probably way ahead of this study, although I wonder if there are regulations about charging different rates for protected classes that prevent them from acting on the data....

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        igetaround
        57
         1 year ago

        I have read that if you drive a red car your insurance cost is higher. Apparently red=fast driver. go figure.

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    MattParry99
    79
     1 year ago

    The source of this article is so vague.  In fact, I couldn't even find it.  Damn local news.

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    cheesehead
    512 Driver Rider
     1 year ago

    I can't tell you how many people I have driven by who were driving all over the lane, and then I look over and lo and behold they are buried in their phone texting. I think it's worse than drunk driving. At least drunk drivers are trying their best, and actually looking at the road!

    But I haven't noticed women being worse than men. If anything I would say I see them about evenly.

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    LeeBron117
    67
     1 year ago

    So many sexist jokes are circling my head, but I can't mention any of them.