Mobile phones are one of the many distractions faced by drivers and research has found mobile phone use is far less of a risk than other tasks routinely performed behind the wheel.

Studies show that while electronic devices are one of the most common distractions faced by drivers, other common activities such as reaching for objects or interacting with child passengers pose a greater crash risk than legally using mobile phones hands-free.

Naturalistic studies of real world driving using in car cameras have shown that the most dangerous tasks require a driver to look away from the road.

Researchers have said it is important for the public to understand the relative risks of the various tasks and distractions they face in the car so they can modify their behaviour and take reasonable alternatives where possible.

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