A new study released by AT&T (click here for article) reveals that adults may be more dangerous behind the wheel than teens. A surprising 50% of adults admit to DUIT (Driving Under the Influence of Texting) as compared with 43% of teens admitting to this dangerous behavior. The study showed that 98% of adults said they know texting while driving is dangerous – it surprises us that 2% of adults think it’s safe. Typically, adults cite their extensive driving experience as a reason that their texting is not as dangerous as the texting of their younger counterparts.
Other studies show that multitasking is a myth, even when performing tasks one is familiar with. We humans actually serial task – our brains concentrate on one task at a time in a linear fashion. Some folks may be able to switch between tasks more quickly but even so, when you are texting, your brain is not concentrating on any other task.
The photo in the news story (see below) shows a driver operating the steering wheel with his/her wrists while texting – the SMARTwheel would certainly be a help in fighting this driver’s inattentive and dangerous behavior. Remember, there is no text in the world worth injury or death from a car crash.