You Can Text and Drive, Right? You’re the Exception

Posted: September 4, 2013 in Research, Technology & Crime
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Except you aren’t the exception. None of us are. You and I and everyone else suffer the same limited ability to take in and process information about the world.

Even if you think otherwise, there’s plenty of evidence  that when we split our attention, our performance declines. Sometimes drastically.

In most of life, the consequences of that are minimal. Who cares if you Facebook, listen to music, tweet, read a book, and watch cat videos while couch surfing on a Sunday afternoon?

The problem is when we drive while distracted.

Don’t take it from me, though. Spend a few minutes listening to the stories of people who thought they were the exception, that they were only taking their eyes of the road for a moment, and that texting while driving wasn’t really that big of a deal.

Judge for yourself how big a deal it can actually become, and I’ll quietly put my soapbox away now.

Please drive safely. We’re all counting on you.

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