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Don’t talk and drive

by henrycopeland
Thursday, July 3rd, 2003

A study by Public Administration for Traffic Safety of Spain and the Complutense University in Madrid finds that “intent listening had almost no effect on how closely the drivers paid attention to the road and the dashboard. But when the drivers were asked to talk about what they had heard, their ability to pay attention dropped by as much as a third. Even relatively simple production tasks, like relating where they were and what they were doing, had about as big an effect as requests that the researchers considered more complicated. The study found that the distraction levels were equally high when the driver was talking to a passenger or into a hands-free cellphone.”

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