Some people regard multitasking while driving as a strength, but it’s dangerous. A driver can’t focus on other things and fully pay attention to the road. They will be distracted at some point, increasing the chances of an accident happening.
So, why do people multitask while driving?
“Safer options are now available”
With the advancement of technology, drivers are increasingly multitasking because they have “safer” options, one of them being hands-free technology.
While this technology offers noteworthy benefits, a driver may still be distracted. For example, a long phone call conversation can lead to cognitive distraction. It may take a driver’s mind away from driving, resulting in inattentional blindness – failing to notice something fully visible due to a lack of attention.
“It’s different from drunk driving”
Some drivers believe they can multitask because they are sober enough to do so. But a study showed that a driver using a cell phone has slower reaction times than one with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08. This does not refute the significant dangers of drunk driving but proves multitasking is also dangerous.
“Talking to a passenger is similar to talking on the phone”
A conversation with a passenger is distractive, but a driver has a second set of eyes if they lose concentration. Talking on the cell phone may be more dangerous, as the driver is the only one who can notice hazards.
It can be difficult to ignore distractions
When a driver receives a text message alert or their phone rings, they may find it difficult to ignore it. Accordingly, they will find “safer” ways to respond. It’s recommended that drivers turn their mobile devices off or activate the do not disturb feature before driving.
It’s a myth that drivers can multitask. If a multitasking driver hits you, seek legal guidance to understand your options.