Deadly Distractions

Would you feel comfortable driving after 4 alcoholic drinks? For most of us, the answer is a resounding no. But shockingly, drivers everywhere are roughly just as impaired when they get behind the wheel. Are we a nation of drunk drivers? No. We are a nation obsessed with our cell phones.

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Would you feel comfortable driving after 4 alcoholic drinks? For most of us, the answer is a resounding no. But shockingly, drivers everywhere are roughly just as impaired when they get behind the wheel.  Are we a nation of drunk drivers? No. We are a nation obsessed with our cell phones.


It seems harmless – you’re driving your car and use your cell phone to make a quick call or send a text message while en route. The multi-tasking seems manageable, even efficient. Although your brain is ultra-sophisticated, it’s just not equipped to perform both tasks simultaneously – and the consequences are deadly.


The research is undeniable. One out of every 4 car accidents is caused by drivers using cell phones. This epidemic is sweeping the country and only promises to proliferate as a text-happy generation of teenagers takes to the road.


Today’s show explains the science behind your body’s responses while driving. This analysis of brain functionality concludes that using a cell phone while driving acutely slows your reaction time. Whether you’re pocketing a newly-minted license or you’ve been driving for decades, this habit is distracting, dangerous, and potentially deadly. Our show’s guests are witnesses to these truths; their testimonies are  tragic – each life lost was heartbreakingly preventable.


Their message is for you. Next time you are in the car, commit to being a safe driver and put your phone away. This simple act could save not only your life – but the lives of countless others on the road.

Blog written by Mehmet Oz, MD
America’s Doctor and three-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning host of the Daytime Emmy-winning The Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Oz is also...