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Multitasking isn’t real, despite what drivers believe 

On Behalf of | Mar 30, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Many drivers will try to do multiple tasks in the car. For instance, someone may tell you that they are very good at multitasking. That’s why they don’t wait to get home until they send a text message. They believe that they are skilled enough to text and drive at the same time.

But it’s not just texting and driving. Drivers will also try to do daily grooming, they will eat and drink behind the wheel, talk to passengers and do a lot of other things that force their brains to concentrate on two skills at the same time. Drivers who believe that they are good multitaskers will honestly think that this is safe and that they can do it without really increasing the odds of an accident.

How your brain actually works

However, experts note that multitasking is not real. It’s simply not how the human brain works. This is why distractions in the car are so dangerous. Even those who believe that they can drive safely may be inadvertently taking risks that they don’t realize.

What your brain actually does is that it focuses on one task and, then, switches over to the other. It can switch back and forth very quickly, and it can do this repeatedly. Drivers mistake this for multitasking. They think they are doing both tasks at the same time, but their brain is actually frantically flipping back and forth. When it can’t do so fast enough, it leads to distraction and that’s what can cause car accidents.

Have you been injured?

It’s hard to stop distracted driving for many reasons. Phone addiction is one problem, and this belief in the myth of multitasking is another. A lot of drivers increase the risks that you face without even realizing it.

You may get involved in a car accident that one of these drivers causes, and you could suffer serious injuries. If something like that happens, be sure you know how to seek financial compensation.