14% of American drivers admit that they’ve read or sent a text message or e-mail while driving.
29% say they often see others texting at the wheel.
British research released on September 18 found that texting while driving is more dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol or cannabis. The reaction times of drivers on a simulator slowed by 35% while writing or reading text messages, compared to 21% for those under the influence of cannabis and 12% at the U.K.’s legal alcohol limit.
Nearly 50% of drivers aged between 18 and 24 texted while driving, the study said.
The texters also drifted out of lanes more and had poorer steering control.
The overall driving performance was poor among those tested by the Transport Research Laboratory, which also carried out the previous studies, the RAC Foundation said.
Steering control among drivers in the text test was 91% worse, compared with 35% worse for those under the influence of cannabis.
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