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Avoid multi-tasking behind the wheel



November 08, 2010

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Travis Yates Police Driving:
Safety Behind the Wheel

with Travis Yates

Tip: Avoid multi-tasking behind the wheel

We are all familiar with the dangers of multi-tasking but few of us really understand it. We think that we can multi-task, and as long as we are looking at the roadway, everything will be fine. That is why we see the popularity of hands-free devices but this reveals our misunderstanding of multi-tasking. The trouble does not lie in the task of looking, but the attention resources that are taken away from us when we do the activity.

Driving (and just about anything else we do) will draw on the already limited awareness that our brain has. The more our brain does, the worse it will do each task. Our awareness is limited and recent data showing similar dangers with hands-free devices shows us just that.


The above tip is excerpted from an upcoming column by Travis Yates which will appear on PoliceOne on Monday, November 15, 2010. If you have a tactical tip to share with fellow officers on PoliceOne, send us an email.

 

About the author

Major Travis Yates is a Commander with the Tulsa (OK) Police Department. His Seminars in Risk Management & Officer Safety have been taught across the United States & Canada. Major Yates has a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He is the Director of Training for SAFETAC Training and the Director of Ten-Four Ministries, dedicated to providing practical and spiritual support to the law enforcement community.

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