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Emotional Driving is Deadly Driving
Road rage is something we’ve all experienced once or twice. Whether we’re on the receiving end or giving end, road rage is a common experience. The good people at the Virginia Tech Transportation decided to see how road rage and other emotions affect our driving and the likelihood of a crash.
These researchers looked at crash data and tried to find a trend between emotional driving and crashes. What they found was quite surprising. When you get behind the wheel while experiencing emotions like, sadness, anger, frustration, you’re 10 times more likely to get in an accident.
The biggest surprise happened when the researchers compared these numbers to the data for driving while distracted (texting and driving, talking to passengers, or messing with the radio). Drivers who are distracted are only twice as likelyto get in an accident. These results make it very clear that emotional driving is far more dangerous than distracted driving.
“We have known for years that driver-related factors exist in a high percentage of crashes, but this is the first time we have been able to definitively determine — using high-severity, crash-only events that total more than 900–the extent to which such factors do contribute to crashes,” said Tom Dingus, lead author of the study and director of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.
The study also found that the biggest influencing factor in crashes isn’t distractions or emotion. Speeding increases crashes by 13 times. Another interesting finding was that drivers will drive while distracted 50% of the times they drive.
This study provides great information for drivers all across the country. Hopefully drivers can take necessary steps to eliminate these factors when they sit in the driver’s seat. If you’ve been injured in a car crash, call the lawyers at The Law Offices of Flint & Crawford for a free consultation.