Understanding the Distracted Brain – White Paper

Cell phones have certainly had an effect on how we stay focused on the road. Even while keeping our eyes on what’s in front of us through the use of a hands-free device, a cell phone can still produce very hazardous situations.

The National Safety Council produced a white paper study that focuses on why driving while using a hands-free cell phone is risky behaviour. Interestingly, the study found that while talking on the phone behind the wheel, drivers experienced severe tunnel vision, a phenomena where peripheral vision is lost, worsening the driver’s ability to avoid risks coming from the left or right side of their vision (see page 9). Hit the button below to read the full study.