Arguing in the car – Let’s put an end to this now.

Recent research from Heriot-Watt’s Dr Terry Lansdown of  the School of Life Sciences, has shown that if you are going to argue in the car whilst driving, you are safer doing it over the phone, rather than face to face.

Terry Lansdown

The tests were carried out in Edinburgh, with subjects observed in a simulator either with their partner sat next to them, or on the phone. New research concluded that any contentious conversation when driving was very likely to result in increased speed and lessened driving ability. One reason drivers performed better when on the phone was that they could ignore their partners more easily.

The paper is in the Accident Analysis and Prevention, and you can read more about it in today’s Scotsman article on the report.

Update: further report published in the Scotsman in November 2012.

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