The Facts behind 3 Common Distracted Driving Myths
August 10, 2015
These days, we hear a lot about distracted driving, a form of driver negligence that has seemed to surge with the prominence of mobile devices.
Although there is a lot of info out there about distracted driving and its impacts, not all of it is factual – and some common distracted driving myths may mislead motorists into continuing to practice some unsafe habits behind the wheel.
To ensure you aren’t doing anything that would increase your risk of a collision, check out the facts behind some common distracted driving myths below.
Have You Heard Any of these Distracted Driving Myths?
It’s not dangerous for drivers to multitask – This is just plain wrong. It is dangerous when drivers multitask because it means that they are not singularly focused on the task of driving.
In other words, when drivers try to do even one other thing as they drive, their brain alternates focus on driving and performing the other task. This means that drivers are not perceiving or possibly not properly responding to their driving environments for certain periods of time when they are focused on doing anything other than driving.
- Distracted drivers are more responsive than drunk drivers – This too is false. In fact, distracted drivers have been found to have slower response times than drunk drivers (i.e., motorists with BACs of 0.08 or higher). This can end up meaning that, if the necessary action is to step on the brake pedal, delayed response times can significantly increase the risk of auto collisions.
- Hands-free devices are way safer to use than cellphones – Think again! While it may seem like using hands-free devices is less dangerous than holding cellphones, the truth is that hands-free devices are just as distracting as hand-held devices.
This is because the real distraction comes with drivers’ focus being diverted to a conversation with someone outside of the vehicle. With such diversions, drivers can experience “inattention blindness.” This, in turn, can cause them to miss seeing as much as half of everything in their driving environment.
Interestingly, researchers have also found that, when people talk to other passengers in their vehicles (rather than someone of the other end of a phone), inattention blindness is subverted by the extra pair of eyes in the vehicle, as passengers can speak up about missed driving cues and/or adjust their conversation to allow drivers to concentrate (unlike someone on the other end of the phone).
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