Dangers of driving and arguing…
It’s been found that having a romantic partner next to you in the car affects your driving, particularly if the two of you aren’t seeing eye to eye on something.
A study out of the UK tracked the conversations of partners while in the car and found that if you’re having an argument with your loved one you could be more distracted than when using a mobile phone.
The study is said to be unique in that all participants were romantically linked and all conversations were authentic.
Participants were asked to discuss “hot topics” in their relationship while being monitored in a driving simulator.
Co-author of the study Amanda Stephens of Ireland’s University College Cork says the results show concentration levels dropped significantly if a heated exchange was occurring.
“Overall, the driver’s ability to maintain lane position and speed was significantly disrupted when their romantic partner was present, regardless of whether they were having a neutral or contentious conversation.” She said.
So something to think about next time you’re out driving with your partner, particularly if you’re trying to read a map!
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