Driving is Multitasking, Beware!

Young woman in headphones driver car with a wheel, auto conceptHave you ever had to turn down the music in order to find parking or an address you’ve never been to? It seems totally ridiculous. Music is for listening with your ears, and parking is something you find with your eyes. It turns out, this may not be as ridiculous as it seems. In an article by sharpbrains.com, Dr. Steven Yantis explains that when attention is deployed to one of the five senses, the others are extruded from “necessarily”.

It all comes back to the notion that humans are scientifically bad at multitasking. Does this mean that when we are listening to the radio, we can’t see? No, but there is a certain threshold and the more information we are receiving, the more we have to divide it between our senses. For instance, if we are driving and listening to the radio, chances are we aren’t actively listening and interpreting every lyric in the song. Ricky O’Bannon, at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, describes it like this:

 

An active listener is intellectually engaged and might be processing the musical decisions involved or singing along to lyrics. For a passive listener, music is a background activity and often complementary to another task on which the listener is focusing their attention.”

 

Interesting, it’s like our ears are going on autopilot. That’s why we can still drive effectively. However, many of the actions in driving are on autopilot too. The whole practice of driving is a huge multitasking event, but once you get moving you’ll notice that most aspects, from acceleration and deceleration to moving left and right, have kind of taken control of themselves and your mind is left open to focus on the directions and the surrounding traffic.

Be mindful of the way you drive. Keep yourself and your passengers safe and make the road a better place!

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Why You Should Practice Positive Thinking While Driving

Happy couple driving on the road into the sunset in a sports carLife seems like a constant rush all the time. Whether you’re rushing from the office to your lunch break, or from one appointment to the next you’re always on the clock. Think about why you’re always racing the clock. You have bills to pay, a family to support, kids in school. Life can be very stressful, but there are ways to manage that stress and get into a mental state that makes everything easier overall. However, being stressed in a high traffic situation is very dangerous and should be avoided at all costs! Here is an exercise in positive thinking that can get you started in the right direction.

Next time you get into your car and the clock is ticking because you left work 5 minutes late because Susanne had to stop you to talk as you were leaving the office, take a deep breath. Close your eyes. Imagine you’re driving your dream car. Your bills have been taken care of for the rest of forever, and you have all the money in the world. You are on your way to a surprise party for yourself and the party doesn’t start until you walk in. Pretty nice, right? Okay so you opened your eyes and you’re still in bumper-to-bumper traffic in your not-so-dream car and it sucks. However, according to psychcentral.com “relaxing mental ‘mini-vacations’ can sustain your energy, your positive mood and your ability to cope with challenges.

The truth is most of our worries come from the anticipation of a bad thing, and we end up habitually thinking that way and constantly worrying. Worry can only lead to more worry! So do yourself a favor and take a mini-vacation next time you’re stuck in traffic, and be mindful of the cars around you!

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New Automobile Safety Technology: Alertness Detection

transport, destination, modern technology and people concept - close up of man driving car with navigation system on board computerTechnology has come a long way in a short period of time. If it weren’t for Ford, we’d probably still be riding in horse-drawn carriages. Today we’re at the dawn of a new era in automobile technology. Self-driving cars are being tested regularly, and some “Semiautonomous Cars” are already being sold by companies like Tesla and Volvo. Last week, The Wall Street Journal released an article about a new type of technology in automobile safety that might smooth the transition toward fully autonomous cars.

The article writes that for better or for worse, General Motors has introduced an alertness detection system to keep drivers from losing focus or falling asleep at the wheel. The system will scan the driver’s eyes and respond in a series of steps if the driver is drifting off. First, it will try to alert the driver with visual and auditory cues. If that fails to get the driver’s attention, a representative from General Motors “OnStar” service will come on the car’s intercom to speak directly with the driver. If there is still no response from the driver, the car will automatically pull over on the side of the road.

Incredible! This new technology could save thousands of lives and prevent countless accidents and injuries. Nevertheless, as The Wall Street Journal points out, this brings up a serious question of privacy. How will we feel about a system that is monitoring our every move, and reporting it back to some overseeing figure? What will the company do with the information it is reading? General Motors claims that they will only share personal data if they have consent from the car owner. However, it’s something important to keep in mind as we take pioneering steps into the future of automobile technology.

Remember, our safety begins with ourselves and our awareness, and that includes awareness of your car and its safety features!

 

Read the Full Article about Eye-Tracking Technology from The Wall Street Journal here: http://www.wsj.com/articles/gms-driver-assist-technology-promises-to-nag-1473413432

 

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The Simple Change that could make your Commute 10x less stressful

Car Sharing. Group of people with shared key behind car

Change is scientifically difficult. The human mind is programmed to operate through habit, otherwise we’d be consciously interpreting millions of different signals every second of the day. Even the way we think is a habit. You probably have a similar pattern of thought every time you get ready to leave your house or get behind the wheel. That being said, you probably don’t think too often about how you might change your daily routine. Or maybe you do, but you just haven’t gotten around to taking the first step toward making it happen. In fact, the solution you are looking for in reading this article is something you are probably already familiar with. However, because you are already familiar with it, you will probably be quick to dismiss carpooling as the answer to your prayers. Yes, finding a carpool buddy is the simple change that could make your commute 10 times less stressful. According to nsa.gov carpooling is one of the best ways to save money on fuel, insurance, and car maintenance. And you know those carpool only lanes you see on the highway? Using one of those lanes can cut your commute time down by as much as half. Throw away your reservations about carpooling, and find someone to ride with today. If you can’t find a group to ride with, one person still saves a significant amount of money, and is great for the environment! There are many tools online such as groupcarpool.com that can help organize a carpool with your friends and coworkers. Break your old thinking habit and avoid the bumper-to-bumper traffic while potentially making some new friends. For more information about carpooling – check out these fun facts by 1800234ride.com: http://www.1800234ride.com/13-fun-facts-about-carpooling

 

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