Is It Dangerous to Drive and Listen to Sports Radio?
[R]eaction times were slowed by up to 20 percent when drivers were listening to sports, adding nearly 20 feet of additional stopping time for a car traveling 70 mph. … “To put this into context, this increase in distance traveled is 10 per cent further than the additional stopping distance when driving with a blood alcohol level at the U.K. legal limit,” the report read. … “At particularly tense times, such as penalty shootout, it may be safer to find a safe place to park and enjoy the action without risking an accident,” Dr. Nick Reed of the Transport Research Laboratory said.
Caveat lector: the study involved just nine men and nine women. No word on whether they were perhaps also texting, applying makeup, or fingering their worry beads.
(HT: Cyril Morong)