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Prioritize safety: Stop multitasking when driving

On Behalf of | Jun 29, 2023 | Distracted Driving |

Everyone knows getting behind the wheel after drinking is a bad idea. However, you might not realize that other activities like eating, talking on the phone and putting on makeup while driving are just as dangerous. Because of the time commitment involved in driving, it’s tempting to multitask. However, thousands of lives are lost every year due to drivers who are multitasking.

Why multitasking is a danger to you and other drivers

Multitasking is a major form of distraction. According to neuroscientists, multitasking in the car prevents people from noticing what is happening in their peripheral vision. It is likely why inexperienced drivers avoid distractions like talking to passengers or listening to music. However, even the most skilled drivers may lessen their reaction time if they are doing something else while driving.

Driving demands a lot of attention. Motorists must observe other cars, be alert to traffic signs and always look for potential hazards while also operating the vehicle. Switching from driving to another task and back exhausts the brain, making it less efficient. As a result, performance on both tasks suffers.

What you can do instead

You shouldn’t risk an accident just to eat your burger or put on your lipstick. Most mornings, folks rush out the door and attempt to get everything done in the car to arrive at work on time. However, it could be as simple as determining the root cause of your multitasking and attempting to eliminate it.

You probably have a good idea of how long it takes you to get ready and how long the travel will be. Going to bed and waking up earlier could probably free up some time in the morning.

Improving your time management skills could help you find more time to savor your meals, feel less pressure to get ready quickly and pay more attention when driving.