Hopefully this is something that has been wired in to your brain……….. so your default to, NOT DRINKING AND DRIVING.
But where do you stand on cell phoning and driving ?
Probably, you acknowledge it is not a good idea and all – it has the potential to be A LITTLE distracting.
But you still may have done it.
This week’s Neurotechnology Tip points out a scary fact. Cellphoning and driving can be WAY MORE RISKY, than drinking and driving. Eish !
One for the road
Researchers stuck twelve healthy volunteers behind the wheel and let them loose, on a simulated road, on two different occasions, a week apart.
On one occasion, the volunteers went on a pub crawl. The alcohol consumption was tightly supervised and the blood alcohol concentrations were monitored. None of the participants had a history of alcohol abuse, but they all had consumed alcohol before.
On the other occasion, the volunteers were handed a mobile phone loaded with lots of air time and encouraged to CHAT. The system was set up……….. so from the get go, they were going HANDS FREE.
The volunteers put pedal to the metal and zooted along at between 60-80 km/hour, in the left lane.
NOTE : The participants were Auzzies, they do it left of centre.
The idea was to ARRIVE ALIVE – so when a big bad lorry appeared, the participants were expected to BRAKE. Oh….and they were also expected to stay on their side of the road.
No surprises ………………….. when the volunteers consumed alcohol, the ability to stay on their side of the road diminished and breaking for trucks was delayed.
The weaving and crash and burn, was directly related to the blood alcohol concentration (BAC). The more booze in, the worse the driving performance.
But, here comes the KILLER – yakking on the phone, produced the same weaving and breaking delays. Even with the HANDS FREE kit
The researchers concluded that a “Deep and meaningful CHAT” looked much the same as a blood alcohol concentration of 0.5 g/litre. Now, depending where in the world you live, this level is high enough to be considered ILLEGAL. Eish !
Look Mom NO TEETH
This is what happens when you ride your bicycle with no hands, but driving the car ? Cell phoning is also risky business, with or without a hands free kit.
Now how risky, is related to the nature of the conversation. The researchers found the depth of the conversation did matter, banter was more-or-less harmless, but real conversations were TROUBLE.
Really high risk conversations occurred anytime you actually had to think and/or feel ……………
“Breaking up with your girlfriend”
“Explaining where something is”
“Reading an SMS”
I know……………. talking on the go is NECESSARY. But, it is more dangerous than you think.
THINK BEFORE YOU DIAL & DRIVE.
And, if you dial a friend, colleague or family member, before you launch into the conversation, check if they’re behind the wheel.
Hang up and dial later if they are – the human brain does not DRIVE safely, when distracted. This is NEUROTECHNOLOGY 101.A Comparison of the Effect of Mobile Phone Use and Alcohol Consumption on Driving Simulation Performance. Sumie Leung, Rodney J. Croft, Melinda L. Jackson, Mark E. Howard, Raymond J. Mckenzie. Traffic Injury Prevention, 2012; 13 (6): 566
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