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PostPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 01:22 
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Just saw this:

http://news.yahoo.com/us-drivers-distra ... 33237.html

which seems to suggest that there's more to distractions than meets the eye. Although whether any study with a sample of only 150 is meaningful is, I think, debatable! It does seem to suggest that the same distracting action, can be more distracting for some drivers than others though.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 23:51 
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When driving you have to pick a time when road conditions allow for things like adjusting radios, heater controls etc. I am still not convinced that a short conversation on a phone, providing it is done at a suitable time and if it is not suitable you just stop talking until it is, is worse than when you have a driver that keeps turning to look at their passengers when talking. When I have passengers I will often just stop conversing if conditions require total concentration and would prefer to let passengers talk amongst themselves while I get on with driving .

As for distractions, with sections of road with average speed cameras, it is ok if you can set the cruise control to the desired speed, but if not you can spend an awful lot of time keeping an eye on the speedometer rather than the road and that is the very time when vital clues can be missed.


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