New Study in Texas Shows the Body’s Reaction to Distracted Driving

Posted on by Defensive Driving | in Distracted Driving, Driving and Safety Tips, Driving Distractions

The-Cost-of-Distracted-Driving

According to a recent study by the University of Houston and Texas A&M University Transportation Institute, when drivers are absent minded, emotional or texting while driving–they found that “drivers’ handling of the wheel became jittery with respect to normal driving.” The jittery steering that resulted in unsafe driving only took place in the case of texting. When driving absent-minded or emotionally charged, the jittery steering resulted in safer driving.

One of the researchers, Ioannis Pavlidis explains, “A likely explanation for this paradox is the function performed by a part of the brain called the anterior cingulate cortex, or ACC. ACC is known to automatically intervene as an error corrector when there is conflict. In this case, the conflict comes from the cognitive, emotional and sensorimotor, or texting, stressors. This raises the levels of physiological stress, funneling ‘fight or flight’ energy to the driver’s arms, resulting in jittery handling of the steering wheel.”

Furthermore, what makes texting more dangerous than when driving absent minded or emotional? “The driver’s mind can wander and his or her feelings may boil, but a sixth sense keeps a person safe at least in terms of veering off course,” Pavlidis said. “What makes texting so dangerous is that it wreaks havoc into this sixth sense. Self-driving cars may bypass this and other problems, but the moral of the story is that humans have their own auto systems that work wonders, until they break.”

As distracted driving becomes more of an issue, it’s important to know how our body reacts and why higher risk is directly related to distracted driving. For more driving news, tips, advice, stats and facts, check us out on our Facebook page, or take a driving safety course right here on our website.

|

Customer Reviews

Defensivedriving.com has a ShopperApproved rating of 4.7 based on 120421 ratings and reviews.

Christopher Headen None, united states
Quick and easy
Lilian Cancino None, united states
easy to navigate
Aram Mijares None, united states
love it so much
Kailiany Alvarez None, united states
Quick and easy
Cesar Garza None, united states
Great affordable price!
Madelaine McCarty-Clay None, united states
Love it!
Tray Wilkerson None, united states
Quick and easy
Sabrina Quintanilla None, united states
Super easy to use!!
Tracy Ross Garcia None, united states
Love auto fill and easy checkout
Emma Rud TX, United States
it's been easy and nice to work through. the videos can be engaging and customer services and support work well and help quickly.
jacob staley None, united states
GOOD
E.S. TX, United States
Everything's great.
Ricardo De La Rosa Texas, united states
It's the best
Chi Edwards Texas, united states
nice website, easy to manuever
Randall Visentine None, united states
Always my go-to!
Alana Oldenburg None, united states
Easy and straightforward
JOSEPH OTILE None, united states
convenient
Carolyn Jacobs None, united states
Defensive Driving Course for myself is what I need and very helpful to sign up for myself.
willie thompson None, united states
GOOD OVERALL EXPERIENCE
RMags Texas, united states
easy to navigate
Gemma Parmar TX, united states
It was simple
Nurudeen Solabi united states
Very easy and straightforward process
Rafael Arreola Ocampo None, united states
Fast and easy registration
Jeramy Norsworthy None, united states
great
George Miller None, united states
Easy to Register
DOROTHY MATHIS None, united states
Quick and easy!!!!
Deysi Mora Herevia None, united states
Quick and easy
Esai Cervantes None, united states
Easy and quick
Omar Guerrero Texas, united states
easy to register
Victor Rincon Texas, united states
Easy to use
Amanda Clark Texas, united states
Easy Access
Tyler Solis None, united states
Quick and easy
Mustafa Al-Baidhani
Smooth process
See all reviews on shopperApproved.com
Why DefensiveDriving.com
  • 20 Years in Business
  • Over 2 Million Customers Served
  • Highest Possible Better Business Bureau Rating
  • Award Winning Course