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Study suggests that new moms need to safety-proof their driving

There are so many things that go into keeping a baby safe and healthy. Parents have to buy the right kind of crib, mattress, bottles, etc. Car seats can cost hundreds of dollars. But it is all worth it if a baby is kept safe, right?

While that might be the case, it isn't just stuff that protects babies from injury. It is behavior, too. A recent study of new mothers and their driving behaviors suggests that they might want to worry less about what they buy to protect their babies and more about how they drive to protect their babies from car accidents caused by distracted driving.

The Sheboygan Press reports on a study that surveyed more than 2,000 new moms. Based on the moms' feedback, 78 percent of them are guilty of distracted driving with their babies in the car, most often by talking on their phones. Too many, 26 percent of the mothers, however, admit to texting and checking their emails while driving.

Distracted driving is proven to lead to car accidents in Wisconsin and across the nation. With an increased dependence on cell phones and technology, drivers are giving into their habit of being constantly connected instead of respecting life. That might sound dramatic, but history shows that a seemingly innocent text while driving can lead to a fatal car accident.

Most of the mothers who were surveyed say that they have become safer drivers since having their babies. The research doesn't tell how the mothers drove before having their kids, but the answers they give about their current driving habits suggest that the new moms have further safety improvements to adopt while behind the wheel. First improvement to implement immediately: put down their cell phones and focus on the road.

Based on the report, the study only looked at new moms and their driving. To be fair, it didn't mention new dads' driving behaviors. Distracted driving is widespread problem. It is possible that the survey could reveal that dads are just as likely to text and talk on their phones while driving. What do you think?

Source: Sheboygan Press, "New moms confess to distracted driving," Larry Copeland, Jan. 22, 2013

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