Driving and cell phone conversations both require a great deal
of thought. Whendoing them at the same time, your brain is unable to do either well.
For example, it's nearly impossible to read a book and have a phone conversation.
While driving, this often results in crashes due to delayed braking times and
not seeing traffic signals.
US-American employers have realized the dangers of cell phone use while driving
and are taking action by passing policies to prevent cell phone distracted
driving. The National Safety Council recommends policies that prohibit both
hands-free and handheld devices and apply to all employees.
Multitasking is a myth
Human brains do not perform two tasks at the same time. Instead, the brain
handles tasks sequentially, switching between one task and another. Brains can
juggle tasks very rapidly, which leads us to erroneously believe we are doing two
tasks at the same time. In reality, the brain is switching attention between
tasks - performing only one task at a time.
Cell phone crashes are under-reported
We know cell phone-related car crashes are a problem. We just don't know how
big the problem is. Unfortunately, no breathalyzer-like test exists for cell
phone use behind the wheel and drivers in crashes are often reluctant to admit
use. This creates a huge gap in the data.
No Safe Way to Use a Cell Phone and Drive
Even when talking hands-free, drivers can miss seeing up to half of what's
around them because they are engaged in a cell phone conversation.
The US-American National Safety Council reminds of their white paper on
'Understanding the distracted brain WHY DRIVING WHILE USING HANDS-FREE CELL
PHONES IS RISKY BEHAVIOR'.
AplusA-online.de - Source: National Safety Council