Multi-tasking behind the wheel

Thursday, 19 January 2012

As much as we’d like to, we can’t split our concentration between two tasks, we’re just not programmed that way.  Remember that it's not possible for us to do two things at once without compromising your focus. Doing so means that you are a crash going somewhere to happen.

The team from Driversafety.com.au was featured in a recent story about this issue on Channel 9's A Current Affair.

Our simulators highlighted just how dangerous texting and drivng can be. So Don't Touch That Mobile!!




Programming the satellite navigation unit, putting in a new CD, day dreaming, checking out attractive pedestrians, writing a note in the diary, yelling at the kids, looking at the street map, getting dressed, putting on makeup, eating, drinking and even reading the paper are just a few examples.

Each of these activities takes our focus off the primary task which is driving the vehicle.

But by far the worst offender of them all would have to be a driver using a mobile phone. Research has proven that using a mobile phone whilst you’re driving is a major distraction that will significantly increase your risk of having a crash.

A mobile conversation takes your attention off driving and will reduce your ability behind the wheel significantly. You’ll find it more difficult to control your speed and lane position. It will also reduce your eye movements, increase your reaction time and make you less responsive to road hazards.

Sending or receiving a text message is worse still. It has all the downsides we’ve already covered and will dramatically increase the time that the person has their eyes off the road.   

The best advice is, don’t use a mobile phone while you’re driving…..full stop. In fact if your engine is on, turn your mobile off.

When you’re behind the wheel you need to focus on just one job, driving the car.

Everything else is a distraction that could have catastrophic consequences.




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