Eating, talking on a cell phone, typing text messages and fumbling with the car stereo all fall under the umbrella of inattentive driving. Of these bad habits, cell phone use behind the wheel is becoming standard practice, though most provinces now have laws against dialing and driving. One example, which caused the NTSB to launch an inquiry, involved an SUV that veered off the left side of the road, jumped the median, flipped and landed on top of a vehicle driving the opposite direction. The driver was trying to negotiate high crosswinds while talking on a handheld phone. Surprisingly, using a hands-free device likely wouldn't have made a difference. "You'd think using a hands-free phone would be less distracting," said Anne McCartt, author of a study published in the British Medical Journal. "But we found that either phone type increased the risk."

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