Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Multitasking Drivers Are Least Safe Drivers


It’s become quite fashionable these days to claim prowess at multitasking.  Unfortunately, a new study finds that many drivers who believe that they are good at multitasking are actually quite poor at focusing on different tasks at a time.  That means that when such drivers combine operating a vehicle with talking on a cell phone or text messaging while driving, they're not able to do either efficiently.
New research conducted by professors at the University of Utah warns motorists against the complacent attitude that they're very good at multitasking.  The study found that the perception of multitasking ability was significantly inflated.  According to the researchers, most motorists who harbor under the illusion that they're good at multitasking are not really good at this. 
The study finds that people are very rarely as good at multitasking as they believe they are.  The research also indicates to Los Angeles personal injury lawyers that people often multitask because they are simply unable to filter out distractions, and focus on one task.
Unfortunately, nobody who drives and uses a cell phone simultaneously will admit to you that he cannot perform both of these activities at the same time.  Multitasking has been praised and elevated in our society which places people who perform a number of activities at the same time on a pedestal, believing them to be somehow more intelligent and skilled.  Plenty of media space is dedicated to encouraging people to save time and be more efficient by multitasking. 
Other findings of the research- drivers who are very good at multitasking do not bother to perform 2 or more tasks simultaneously.  That’s because these sensible drivers would like to focus on just one task at a time.