Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Why Texting While Driving Is More Dangerous

A journal, timely study, journal named “Human Factors” suggests that texting while driving is riskier than talking on a cell phone or with another passenger sitting beside. Researchers at the University of Utah found that texters in a driving simulator had more crashes, because human factors responded more slowly to brake lights on cars in front of them, and....
showed impairment in forward and lateral control than did drivers who talked on a cell phone while driving or drove without texting.

Researchers Frank Drews and colleagues found evidence that attention patterns differ for drivers who text versus those who converse on a cell phone. In the latter case, the researchers say, “drivers apparently attempt to divide attention between phone conversations and driving, adjusting the processing priority of the two activities depending on task demands.” But texting requires drivers to switch their consideration from one task to the other. When such attention-switching occurs as drivers compile, read, or receive a text, their on the whole reaction times are considerably slower than when they’re engaged in a phone conversation. The type of texting activity also appears to make a difference; in this study, reading messages affected braking times more than did composing them.
The crash risk attributable to texting is significant. One possible clarification is that drivers who text tends to decrease their minimum following distance and also experience delayed reaction time.

So Guys! Drive Safe because, Life is Precious, Avoid Texting while driving.

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