Effect of Using a Hand-Held Cellular Phone and Listening to a Radio Broadcast on Driving Performance

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The effect of using a hand-held cellular phone and listening to radio broadcast on driving performance will be explored. There are many careless drivers on the road who are mostly talking on the hand-held cell phone. It is predicted that using a hand-held phone would take the driver’s attention away and would cause driving slowly. Since many accident reports show that cell phone use while driving is dangerous it is questionable if listening to radio will also be detrimental on driving task. Many people turn on the radio for entertainment or to fight from drowsiness especially if there is no other passenger in the vehicle. It is predicted that having a conversation with using a hand-held cell phone while driving will decrease the driving performance, while listening to a radio broadcast will not have significant effect. Important implications for the results for driving performance and for future research will be discussed. The Effect of Using a Cell Phone and Listening to Radio on Driving Performance Many researchers agree that numerous drivers engage in dual task that includes eating, talking or listening to radio, which take away their visual attention (Ünal, Platteel, Steg & Epstude, 2013). It is suggested that talking and driving at the same time increase the risk of accident and that it produces the same consequence of driving while intoxicated (Atchley, Dressel, Jones, Burson & Marshall, 2011). While there are positive and negative aspects of listening to

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