It's all around us and it comes in many forms: distracted driving. It doesn't have to involve prolonged use of a handheld device behind the wheel. Distract driving can involve taking one's eyes off the road for a just few seconds to send a quick text or check social media notifications. Or it can be casual, such as making a phone call or eating while driving. Whatever the activity, distracted driving can also result in serious car accidents.
Perceived ability to multitask
The primary factor in distracted driving is the perceived ability to multitask. Most people who engage in multitasking behind the wheel don't believe that their actions will cause a crash. Maybe they've been doing it for a long time without any issues. However, it only takes one split second for a serious crash to occur.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that roughly 481,000 motorists use handheld devices while driving. This type of behavior resulted in 3,450 road deaths in 2016, and 391,000 injuries in 2016.
According to researchers at the University of Utah, the ability to successfully multitask while driving is far-fetched. The study collected survey answers and tests from 310 undergraduate psychology students. The areas examined included:
- Multitasking ability
- Perceived ability to multitask
- Ability to use a cellphone while driving
- Use of various electronic media while driving
Seventy percent of participants displayed an inflated level of confidence in their ability to multitask, and those participants were more likely to do so. On the other hand, those participants who were able to successfully multitask chose not to do it - they were more likely to focus on one task at a time.
For those who were more likely to engage in multitasking, the core cause was the inability to avoid distraction and focus on a single task.
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