There is no shortage of distractions inside cars these days, but one new study suggests that the biggest drain on a driver's attention might not be what you think. According to The Telegraph, the Monash University Accident Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia has shown that children – not telephones – are more likely to distract people while driving.

For three weeks, the study followed 12 families with children ranging in ages ranging from one to eight. Using four cameras inside of the vehicles, researchers determined that out of 92 trips, a driver was distracted 90 times. Surprisingly, cell phone usage accounted for only 1 percent of these distractions, but kids in the back seat were a distraction 12 percent of the time. It is important to note that Australia has laws outlawing the use of cell phones without a hands-free device.

To qualify as a distraction for the study, the driver must look away from the road for more than two seconds, and some child-related kid distractions that were noted include playing with the child, passing food or drinks and, most commonly, watching the kids in the rearview mirror. The scariest piece of info is that the average parent looked away from the road for more than three minutes total during a 16-minute drive.


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      Ducman69
      • 1 Year Ago
      We should have tax incentives to not have kids. ;) Makes our streets safer and would fix the overpopulation crisis. Instead, I essentially get taxed for not having kids, while some women having six kids with six different men gets more than she pays in taxes (if she pays anything).
        Rob J
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ducman69
        Unless you want to work until they day you die, you need a younger generation to be able to create the goods and services that you use.
      Flash!
      • 1 Year Ago
      In other news, a new study has confirmed water is wet and the sky is blue.
      Master Austin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Always purchase a vehicle where your able to reach back and give the kids a good whack across the head when they misbehave. Or lower the rear windows at high speeds to drown their whining, or blast the stereo if there's a fight going on. Parents have creative options too.
      Tim Huge
      • 1 Year Ago
      The NHTSA will soon try to ban them too.
      Shomare
      • 1 Year Ago
      I knew we should ban kids from cars...
      Cayman
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's why I always make my kids ride in the trunk.
        Actionable Mango
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cayman
        As a kid I used to ride in the back of a hatchback 240 Z. This was long before child seating laws. It wasn't too bad except for that hatchback glass greenhouse effect. It was SUPER HOT back there and this was back in the day when most cars didn't have AC.
      Rampant
      • 1 Year Ago
      If anyone starts the petition to ban children from the car, I'll sign it. Or maybe rather than outright banning children from the car we could designate lanes for LOV's *lower occupant vehicles* to reward the less distracted drivers with a faster and less stressful commute. Just a thought...
      IfIWereObama
      • 1 Year Ago
      Libtards would love to ban kids..but for only white people.
        ERNSTEVERYTHING
        • 1 Year Ago
        @IfIWereObama
        "but for only white people." Bahhaahhaha... !
        clquake
        • 1 Year Ago
        @IfIWereObama
        When did the GOP embrace non whites? Let me rephrase that. When did the GOP realize the existence of something other than rich white males?
      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      Kids are only a distraction if your parenting sucks. If you are a poor example that lacks discipline and respect yourself, or you are never around to guide them in the first place, or you lack the spine to correct them when they're wrong, then you should expect them to suck.
        flychinook
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bernard
        Ding ding ding! We have a winner. The kids the freak out and cause problems in the car, are the same kids that freak out and cause problems everywhere else.
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      What will become of this study? Will NHTSA try to regulate your children. Manufactures of said children aka parents will be asked to find ways of utilizing muzzles, harnesses, and the like to avoid these distractions and car companies will need to follow these regulations also.
      john m
      • 1 Year Ago
      "DON'T MAKE ME COME BACK THERE!!!" You better believe they're distracting! But there's not going to be a whole lot anyone can do about it. Unless there's an option available from manufacturers like an 18 year supply of Benedryl for each kid....
        S.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @john m
        But do you actually go back there when they misbehave? The reason I was reasonably well-behaved in the car as a child is that my mother would ACT ON her threats. "I'll turn this car around", and she actually would if I didn't get my act together. It doesnt take more than a few times to get the hint that Mom ain't taking attitude.
        Bernard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @john m
        Or, you could just stop being a punk and put your kids in their place... :-\
      clquake
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't understand. How is someone yelling in the car more distracting than a little electronic device designed to capture your complete attention? My two kids take a tall drink out of a shut the fa cup when I tell them to and I don't even have to turn around. But if I were to text and drive, I'd have to focus on a five inch screen and block out everything else for a few moments.
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