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Using an iPod while driving is distracting: duh


Man, we need to get in on the cash cow feeding all these driver distraction studies. A new study conducted by Drexel University found that using an iPod while driving has "significant effect" on driver performance. The study monitored 12 people who were asked to "drive" in a simulator while selecting and playing music, video and podcasts on their iPods. The result? No surprise: searching for media caused drivers to slow down and veer left or right whereas watching videos (!) "significantly affected" car-following speed. Hey, can we get some funding to prove that knitting a sock affects driving performance as well? Hell, let's just ban it all and get back to the intrinsically safe concept of propelling 2,000 pounds of steel and glass down the road at 80 feet per second.

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