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4:18pm on Saturday, 2nd July, 2005:

Mobile Phones and Driving


I read a report of paper the other day which explained why it may be dangerous to use a mobile phone while driving. The researchers found that if they flashed up letters and digits on a screen while voices were speaking letters and digits, people couldn't focus on both at the same time. Thus, they shouldn't use phones (audio) while driving (visual).

OK, two points here.

Firstly, if they showed landscapes while voices were speaking letters or they played music while displaying letters, the results might have been a lot different. As far as I know, driving doesn't primarily involve reading.

Secondly, the reason that mobile phones and driving are incompatible is that you only get to hold the steering wheel with one hand if you have a phone in the other...

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