How a cell phone affects the driver – busting myths.
It has long been known that the use of a cell phone while driving is a distraction for the driver, often leading to serious accidents. According to some reports, talking on the phone while driving reduces the reaction of the driver to the same level as when intoxicated. Unfortunately, in our country, little attention is paid to propaganda on the refusal to use a mobile phone while driving a car. If you think that many drivers do not use phones for fear of getting a fine established by law for this, then you are mistaken. This provision of the law practically does not work, since the number of administrative cases for using the phone while driving is negligible. That is why a huge number of drivers, not being afraid of a fine, continue to illegally use phones in the car, endangering themselves, passengers, and other road users. Our online publication decided to reveal this topic in more detail, destroying the 7 most common myths associated with using a phone in a car.
Myth 1: Hands-free mode is safe to use while driving
Various studies show that accidents occur not only due to the use of the phone while driving without a hands-free system, but also as a result of talking to this system. Remember the days when there were no cell phones. However, accidents did occur, caused by radios and cassette players that distracted drivers. A recent study by the US National Security Council showed that actually dialing a number on the phone and talking on it while driving is much less distracting than talking directly using the speakerphone.
Myth 2: Laws that ban the use of SMS text messages while driving reduce road accidents.
In many countries around the world, including some US states, laws have been introduced that prohibit drivers from writing SMS messages on a mobile phone. The paradox is that since the entry into force of such legislative initiatives, the number of accidents begins, oddly enough, to grow. What do you think? The reason is that people do not want to give up their electronic gadgets and continue to use their phones to communicate via SMS messages. But fearing being fined, drivers, after the introduction of such prohibitions, begin to hide their phones, keeping them below external visibility. Since the field of view of the screen is located very low, the peripheral vision of the driver becomes ineffective, which leads to an increase in inattention and an increase in the number of accidents. So, as you can see, the measure to prohibit writing SMS messages while driving a car, unfortunately, does not bring the desired effect.
Myth 3: Most people can multitask.
Only about 2% of the world’s population can actually multitask. The rest are not. Human multitasking is a certain number of human actions that are unrelated to each other and require close attention at the same time. For example, multitasking can be called the simultaneous preparation of an accounting report and a simultaneous conversation with someone. But if the report is written in front of the TV, then these actions cannot be called multitasking, since the TV does not require concentration. Unfortunately, most people believe that they can multitask, but in fact, very few people can actually perform complex multitasking at the same time. That is why road accidents happen all over the world. Note. If all drivers and pedestrians followed the rules of the road, then it would not be possible to reduce the accident statistics to zero. After all, it is impossible to teach everyone how to multitask. This means that most of the people on the road will always be not attentive enough.
Myth 4: Reading text messages or emails while driving is not distracting.
As well as sending messages from the phone while driving is dangerous and reading received messages on a mobile phone. When reading received messages, the driver does not pay attention to the road, concentrating his attention on the text. Many drivers, trying to control the situation, constantly shift their attention from the phone to the road and vice versa, thus hoping not to get into an accident. But in reality, it often turns out that maximum control occurs only behind the dashboard when the traffic situation remains for a long time without proper control, which leads to severe accidents.
Myth 5: Using navigation maps on your phone while driving is safe.
Using navigation maps on a smartphone while driving is also very dangerous, as is sending and reading SMS messages while driving. For example, if you get lost and move off the route and the navigator for some reason did not rebuild your path, any driver can become nervous, which will greatly distract his attention from the road. It is especially dangerous in such cases to try to set up a route on the phone screen while the car is moving. The best solution is to find a place to park and set up a map or find your location.
Myth 6: Taking pictures with your phone while driving is acceptable.
In fact, shooting with a mobile phone while driving is confusing. In fact, it not only distracts the driver. Remember that by filming people around you, you compromise their privacy, which may be illegal (depending on the country of residence).
Myth 7: There are no cases when it is safe to talk on the phone while driving.
In fact, of course, there are times when it is safe to use the phone. For example, in a huge traffic jam, when cars do not move for a long time (slow traffic during rush hour does not count). But, nevertheless, remember that even if the traffic stops and you get stuck in a traffic jam for a long time, using your phone while driving can be regarded as a traffic violation.