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Continental Car Lab | Driver distraction test

By Tim Robson, 11 Jun 2020 Car Advice

Driving while distracted is never ideal - and we've found a way to quantify the myth

Continental Car Lab | Driver distraction test

Everyone is – or should be – aware of the obvious distractions when driving a car. Using your phone, for example, eating or drinking and dealing with kids are the obvious ones.

But what about the more subtle ones? Chris Thompson and Emma Notarfrancesco set up a unique experiment to quantify just how much the simple act of conversation can be when driving.

Chris set a 53sec time around a pretty standard motorkhana course and Emma scored a similar time, all without distraction.

Then they started to ask each other some tricky questions…

Driving around the secure confines of a large skid pan with only cones in the way doesn’t seem like much of a challenge, but it proved to be a very enlightening experiment in more ways than one.


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