U.S. police data shows more fatal car crashes are caused by "lost in thought" drivers compared to those using a mobile phone.

U.S. police data shows more fatal car crashes are caused by "lost in thought" drivers compared to those using a mobile phone.

Erie Insurance Group released a statement this week based on its analysis of national crash data. Their conclusion was that 10 percent of fatal car accidents in United States involved at least one driver who was distracted. 62 percent of the distraction had to do with daydreaming and "lost in thought", while mobile phone usage represented 12 percent.

Erie also mentions that among other significant distractions are rubbernecking, having a conversation with the passengers, eating and moving an object. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says "20 complex decisions are needed for every mile you drive" and we should "treat driving as a complicated task requiring your full attention."

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Daydreaming more dangerous than phone use according to U.S. police data