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Daydreaming More Dangerous Than Texting

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Published on Apr 10, 2013

Daydreaming is reportedly more dangerous than texting.

Daydreaming behind the wheel causes more auto accidents than any other distraction -- including mobile phone use.

The Erie Insurance group conducted research that shows you're 5 times more likely to be involved in a serious accident when you're lost in your own thoughts.

To reach this conclusion, the study analyzed police reports of the 65 thousand fatal crashes over the last two years in the US. They found 10 percent of them were linked to some form of distracted driving.

Further analysis of the data showed an astonishing 62 percent of those accidents resulted from a daydreaming driver compared to the 12 percent attributed to phone activities.

Many distractions are easy enough to avoid like pulling over to send a text or saving your snacking for elsewhere, but how does a person stop daydreaming?

One suggestion is you start by keeping your mind on the potential risks and acknowledge the dangers that can be involved in driving.

Another tip is to place a bright object in your car that can pull your focus back to the present like a sticker or a colored string.

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