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    Default ABC Catalyst - Hand held Vs Hands Free Vs Phone free

    Interesting segment at the end of tonight's Catalyst on the ABC. They did some experiments using a car simulator, with the driver attached to a brain monitor.

    Not a real lot of difference between hand held and hands free phone calls, but a big difference between any phone conversations and no phone conversations.

    Generally for straight ahead driving, reactions to objects/dangers ahead of the driver were well handled. Where the big difference was is in peripheral vision. As one concentrates on the phone conversation, the eyes become more tunnel vision, similar to when you concentrate on an activity - playing cards, sewing, putting batteries into a device. When one's peripheral vision decreases, the pedestrian about to cross the road, the road sign, the other vehicle coming out of a side street, can easily be invisible until its too late. Conversations between adult occupants in the car are not so dangerous as they are usually suspended/terminated by either party when the risk levels rise.

    Kids in the backseat are another dangerous distraction, particularly when fights start or objects are passed back to them.

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    .badly behaved dogs are another distraction.

    When i was about 12 years old my neighbour turned around to tell off the stupid red setter dog, and by losing focus on the road side swiped an oncoming pantec truck. She died about 12 days later.
    I rarely take the outside lane on that very corner even to this day (nor do I have a badly behaved dog)
    Occasionally my bros dog gets a bit hypo when he gets in my car, so I brake test him and swerve from side to side. That always settles him down real quick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBN View Post

    Not a real lot of difference between hand held and hands free phone calls, but a big difference between any phone conversations and no phone conversations.


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    that is exactly my perception of the matter also. i find the difference betweeen in-car conversation, and hands-free phone converation, surprisingly marked. it was not what i would have expected at all. i say that without being in favor of prohibiting hands-free phone use.

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    interesting as to how much 'brain space' is taken up by driving ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by edgedweller View Post
    interesting as to how much 'brain space' is taken up by driving ...

    From what I've seen lately, not a lot!
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    Nobody should be distracted by anything while they're driving,PERIOD.
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    You don't get distracted by the things us blokes do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by edgedweller View Post
    interesting as to how much 'brain space' is taken up by driving ...
    I have always strived to keep the cranium relatively brain free so that there was plenty of space for driving (and perving).

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