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Multitasking is not real

One of the excuses people often give for distracted driving is that they're good at multitasking. As such, they assume texting and driving is fine and that they can do it safely.

However, experts say that multitasking isn't real. Some even go so far as to call it a lie. The human brain just cannot do two things at the same time.

So, what does it do instead? It jumps back and forth. One second you're thinking about driving, the next about texting. You're never thinking of them both at once. It just flips back and forth as fast as it can, which is disorienting and slows down your reaction times when you need them the most.

This is why things like talking on the phone are still a distraction. You think you're watching the road and talking, but you're not. You're watching the road or thinking about the conversation.

Maybe you've had an experience where something happened while you were talking. Perhaps an animal darted out into the road. The person on the phone didn't know, so he or she kept on talking, but your attention was torn away as you hit the brakes, swerved and tried to watch traffic around you.

After you avoided the crash, you probably had no idea what the person on the phone said. That's because your brain can't listen and drive, so it switched to simply driving during the minor emergency.

Now that you know the dangers of multitasking behind the wheel, it's important to realize that other distracted drivers still put you at risk. If you're hit and injured, you need to know your legal rights.

Source: NSC, "The Great Multitasking Lie," accessed Dec. 01, 2017

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