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The Effects of Cellular Phone Use on Novice and Experienced Driver Performance
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DWD May Soon Be the New DUIPDF

How Distracted Are You?

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Multi-tasking has become a way of life for many of us as we juggle busy lives.  We even multi-task while doing things that require our full attention, such as driving – sometimes with disastrous results.

And research confirms what common sense has been telling us all along: A distracted driver is a dangerous driver. One of the most recent studies on driver behaviour and cellphone use was commissioned by Insurance Bureau of Canada and released in January of 20071.  It revealed that drivers slowed down while they were on the phone, but that, despite their slower speeds, they detected hazards more slowly than when they were not on the phone.

Take this self-quiz to find out if you're part of the problem. We're relying on the honour system - it's time for true confessions in the interest of reducing collisions that could result in serious injuries and death.

Scoring: You will receive 10 demerit points for EACH box you check except '"None of the above".

1. Which of the following describe(s) your interaction(s) with a cellphone while driving during the last month? Tick all that apply:
Talked on a hand-held cellphone
Talked on a hands-free cellphone
Talked on a cellphone while in heavy, fast-moving traffic
Talked on a cellphone while making a left turn at a busy intersection
Talked on a cellphone in residential areas
None of the above - you didn't talk on a cellphone while driving during the last month


1 Smiley A., Caird J.K., Smahel T., Donderi D.C., Chisholm S., Lockhart J., & Teteris E. The effects of cellular phone use on novice and experienced driver performance. January, 2007. (Unpublished manuscript.)

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