Cellphone users have delusions of great driving
Published: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 18, 2013 at 3:47 p.m.
Next time you're driving to work, check out that guy a few cars in front of you who can't stay in his lane. He's on his cellphone, right? And it's a pretty sure bet that if you pulled him over and asked him if he is a safe driver, he'd tell you he's more capable of using his cellphone while motoring than most folks. That's delusional driving — a new study shows those who believe they're above-average driving multitaskers turn out to be the most dangerous. (More than 28 percent of all traffic accidents involve someone who is texting or talking on a cellphone — 1.6 million crashes annually.)
That's why, in the U.S., 32 states plus the District of Columbia ban or restrict cellphone usage while driving. And all provinces and the northwest territories in Canada ban talking on your cellphones and texting while driving.
Do you need help breaking the habit?
Put your phone in the back seat of the car and turn off the ringer. If you really need it, you can pull over and retrieve it.
Use your car time for a little timeout: Put on your favorite music (not too loud). You'll be better equipped to deal with work or family if you have a calm attitude and haven't been in or caused an accident.
And remember, when it comes to evaluating your own multitasking skills, it's a mistake to think that you're exempt from the hazards of distracted driving.
Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of "The Dr. Oz Show," and Mike Roizen, M.D. is chief wellness officer and chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, visit sharecare.com.
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