Our fast-paced lives must take a backseat when we are behind the wheel.
Given the demands that we place on ourselves in this connected and fast moving world, we all think that we are experts at multitasking. In reality, none of us are.
There is no such thing as multitasking – so says recent research. When we think we are multitasking, we are actually sequentially tasking; rapidly moving from one task to the next, to the next, all the while shifting our attention and fracturing our focus.
This sequential tasking is what makes texting and driving so dangerous. During the seconds that you are texting at the wheel you are not mentally engaged in the task of driving, even while your car is rapidly moving down the road, putting you and others in its path in danger.
Hands free devices are just as dangerous as handheld according to a study out of the University of Utah, simply because while you are talking and listening to the person on the other end of the line, you are not fully engaged in driving.
So how do we keep ourselves from the dangers of texting and driving? First, visit http://www.abc45.com/shared/news/features/ntz/ and take the NO TEXT ZONE pledge.
The next time you get in your car be sure that your cell phone is in a secure place out of reach of the driver’s seat. That way if the phone rings or you receive a text message you are unable to respond. Even if you are tempted you will be unable to reach your phone.
Finally, if you need to make a call while on the road, please, for the safety of yourself and of others, pull off the road in a safe place and then make the call. It is not worth the potential ticket or your safety to engage in distracted driving.
Make your car a NO TEXT ZONE today!