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Jan 2, 2014 8:29 AM by Kristen Holloway

Distractions While Driving Can be Costly

Distractions on the highway can be costly, texting, eating and checking our email are just a few but which age group of drivers are most susceptible to being distracted on the highway?

New research showing that novice drivers may be most susceptible
to these distractions.

Researchers at Virginia Tech analyzed actual in-car footage that captured the moment leading up to a near crash or crash to see what these drivers were doing in the seconds before. Veteran drivers doubled their risk of an incident when dialing on a cell phone, but in new drivers, the odds of an incident shot up 800%!

It's not just cell phones, actions as simple as turning on the air conditioning, eating, looking at an accident as they pass all increased the chance of an accident especially in new drivers.

Of course, every driver is at risk of distraction at the wheel, even the most experienced of us which is another reminder to think twice before taking your eyes off the road.

New drivers with "learner's" or "intermediate" licenses are prohibited from using cell phones while driving in Louisiana. Also there's a statewide ban on the use of wireless devices for writing, sending, or reading text-based communications, regardless of age.

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