Why does it drive you nuts when other people around you are yakking away on their cell phones? It’s not the noise that distracts you. It’s hearing only one half on the conversation that is driving you mad. That according to a study by scientists at Cornell University, to be published in the journal Psychological Science. It could seriously impair your driving …
Their study shows that overhearing a cell phone conversation affects our attention to other tasks, reports Reuters.
The “results suggest that a driver’s attention can be impaired by a passenger’s cell phone conversation,” says the study. Hush, nobody tell LaHood. He’s liable to ban cell phone use by your copilot, such as not to divert your mind from the dangers of the road ahead.
On second thought, that might he a good thing.