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Hassled Moms at High Risk of Accidents

on 01/21/2013

A new study by American Baby and Safe Kids Worldwide finds that although many mothers claim that they have become much safer drivers since they had their bundle of joy, the opposite is actually true.  Many mothers are driving when they are too tired to do so, or unable to filter out distractions that would increase the risk of being involved in an accident.

The survey involved 2,396 new mothers, and the findings of the survey are shocking even to Houston car accident attorneys who are very aware of distractions for new parents. In fact, the study finds that a new mom’s accident rate is equal to that of teenage drivers, a category of drivers widely believed to be the most dangerous and at the highest risk of accidents.

The survey found that many new mothers are driving while they are very distracted.  More than 75% of the parents in the survey said that they were overwhelmed in their new lives adjusting to their babies, and roughly 2/3rd of the mothers reported that they found it  very hard to concentrate on a single task, which included driving. 

Mothers also found it a major challenge to keep their cell phones in the backseat, and approximately 70% of mothers admitting to talking on the cell phone while driving with their baby, and 26% admitting to texting while driving.

The survey also found that many new moms are driving with little sleep.  Obviously, that shouldn't be a surprise to any new parent, but it doesn't change the fact that it is extremely dangerous to drive when you are drowsy.  On an average, the moms in the survey had just about 5 hours and 20 minutes of sleep every night, lesser than even truck drivers. 

If you're a new mom, eliminate distractions from the car, and switch off your cell phone while driving.  If you are too sleepy to drive, try and find someone else to drive for you, and if that is not possible, try to pull over to the side of the road for a power nap in the car.  If that isn't possible either, drink plenty of caffeine.

Tags: Automobile Accidents, Distracted Driving

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