Distracted driving, safety tips and all you need to know

Distracted Driving is the act of driving while engaged in other activities that take the driver’s attention away from the road, increases the potential for Road Accidents. The only thing you should be doing when driving is driving.

Studies have shown that the human brain cannot fully focus when multitasking just like the biblical saying that you cannot serve two masters and this introduces a greater likelihood of error in one of the activities performed at the time.

Even Psychiatrist Edward M. Hallowell went further to describe multitasking as a “mythical activity in which people believe they can perform two or more tasks simultaneously as effectively as one.”
An example of this inattention to detail due to multitasking is apparent when people talk (or text) on cellphones while driving.

One study found that having an accident is four times more likely when using a cell phone while driving. Another study compared reaction times for experienced drivers during a number of tasks, and found that the subjects reacted more slowly to brake lights and stop signs during phone conversations than during other simultaneous tasks. A study showed that drivers talking on cell phones were more involved in rear-end collisions and sped up slower than intoxicated drivers. Meaning that while drinking and driving is dangerous, talking on cell phones when driving is even much more dangerous!

So when you think you are multitasking you are actually switching between tasks, maybe pretty fast but the delays and loss of focus in the brain activity could add up to put you at risk. New technology in vehicles have made us more distracted than before; many drivers believe that using the hands-free device is a safe choice. Truth is the multitasking technologies of the modem day is all about convenience and NOT Safety.

The figure below depicts the types of distracted driving and how to avoid them:

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