Our beautiful brains were designed to focus on just one thing at a time—we’re serial taskers, not multitaskers. Most of us know by now that texting while driving is dangerous. But how about the form of vehicular communication that most people deem perfectly safe: hands-free cellphone use?
Studies show that drivers who drive and talk on their cellphones are as impaired as drunken drivers. And interestingly, it doesn’t matter whether the phone is handheld or hands-free. Your attention goes to the conversation no matter what. Driving speed slows and awareness of one’s surroundings diminish, which can lead to increased likelihood of an accident.
This is one wellness trend I'd like to set straight: Tech can support us, but we need to draw boundaries to keep ourselves safe. Not using your phone to chat in the car is one of them. Here's why: