Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Ergonomic Nightmare of the Week: Cell Phones While Driving

Trying to do two cognitive things at once ...

"Do you ever talk on your cell phone while driving? Come on, admit it, I know you’re guilty. I can admit it, I am guilty myself. Sometimes it is just hard to resist, but I know my driving skills are not 100% while on the phone. I think some people can’t even admit that.

A study conducted by the University of Utah compared the effects of driving while talking on a cell phones as well as the effects of driving while intoxicated. They found (not a surprise to me) that drivers on cell phones were 5.36 times more likely to have an accident than undistracted drivers. The study also found:

"Motorists who talked on either handheld or hands-free cell phones drove slightly slower, were 9 percent slower to hit the brakes, displayed 24 percent more variation in following distance as their attention switched between driving and conversing, were 19 percent slower to resume normal speed after braking and were more likely to crash. Three study participants rear-ended the pace car. All were talking on cell phones. None were drunk."    (Continued via The Ergonomenon)    [Ergonomics Resources]

Cellphone Driving - Ergonomics

Cellphone Driving

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