Monday, September 28, 2009

Driven to Distraction - Truckers Insist on Keeping Computers in the Cab - Series - NYTimes.com

Small comfort

After videotaping truckers behind the wheel, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that those who used on-board computers faced a 10 times greater risk of crashing, nearly crashing or wandering from their lane than truckers who did not use those devices.

That figure is lower than the 23 times greater risk when truckers texted, compared with drivers simply focused on the road, according to the same study. However, the Virginia researchers said that truckers tend to use on-board computers more often than they text.

Driven to Distraction - Truckers Insist on Keeping Computers in the Cab - Series - NYTimes.com

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