As you drive down the road do you sometimes think to yourself that your fellow drivers just don’t think? Truly mindless idiots?
do I have news for you! A new study
just released shows that no one should Think and Drive.
and Drive???? Yes, look it really
is simple if you think about it (but not while driving).
The more you think about one thing (as in concentrating on it), the less
attention you give to anything else you’re doing.
Have you ever been at a lecture, etc., and started spacing out, or
thinking of something else? You
totally tuned out the event you were at. Nothing
the speaker was saying got through to you.
All your thinking and concentration was someplace else.
this got to do with driving? The more you think about something else, the less
you think about your driving. The
less you think about your driving, the less you pay attention to the world
around you (traffic, etc.)
been on a long drive and start to think about something else?
Next thing you know you have gone miles and did not even notice the
distance you traveled. It’s easy
to get lost in thought.
more concentration the other subject takes, the less attention your driving is
going to get.
lets bring Cell Phones into the picture. A
speaker Phone can help, but it still depends on what the conversation is about.
If you’re driving and talking on the Phone, explaining how to do a
Heart Bypass to the person on the other end of the phone….
Pull off the road! Lets face it, all your concentration is going to be on
the conversation. You will be
forming "Mental" pictures and not seeing the road in front of you.
the other hand if you’re just calling someone to tell them your running late,
chances are your not going to be distracted.
Just Cell Phones.
new study by the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied (http://www.apa.org/journals/xap/xap6131.html
) clearly shows that this applies to more then just Cell Phones.
The more you think about anything when driving the less you think of your
driving. If you’re listening to
the Radio or a book on tape, just listen to it.
Do not concentrate on it. If
you start to form “Mental” pictures about what you’re hearing, the next
thing you know you’re going to find yourself wrapped around a tree.
So remember, just drive, Don’t Think!
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