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More Evidence Against Texting-While Driving: Just 2.5% Of Us Are 'Supertaskers

Still tempted to send that text message or dial that phone while you're driving, despite all the warnings about how dangerous it is to do such things?

Then consider this:

Researchers at the University of Utah say a study they recently conducted involving 200 volunteers in driving simulators found that just 2.5% were "supertaskers" who could effectively operate a motor vehicle while also doing something else that required their attention — in this case, talking on a cell phone.

"And while we'd probably all like to think we are the exception to the rule," Utah psychologist Jason Watson says in a press release issued by the university, "the odds are overwhelmingly against it. In fact, the odds of being a supertasker are about as good as your chances of flipping a coin and getting five heads in a row."

So the message remains: Please put the phone down.

(H/T to NPR's Howard Berkes for telling us about the study.)



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