Cellphone, driving myths
As part of Distracted Driving Awareness month, the National Safety Council issued a report on the myths of cellphone use while driving.
Among them, that people can drive while talking on a cellphone, just as they can walk and chew gum.
"The truth is that walking and chewing gum involve a thinking and a non-thinking task," the NSC paper says. "Driving and talking on a cell phone are two thinking tasks that involve many areas of the brain."
Likewise, talking on a hands-free device while driving also involves distractions to the brain and can be just as risky as using a handheld device. The area of the brain used for safe driving decreases by up to 37 percent when listening to language, the NSC says.
May 13, 2013
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