Since the popular media ignores this risk, as a public service I present some guidelines:
- Avoid carpooling whenever possible. While there are some advantages (less traffic, pollution and loss of natural resources), it is worth putting lives of the driver, passengers and others at extra risk?
- If you do carpool, do not talk to each other except in case of emergency.
- If you need to talk, pull over to a safe place and turn off your engine before engaging in conversation.
Car manufacturers must share some of the blame by building cars with multiple seats and not physically separating the driver from the other passengers.
In the same study, the AAA foundation rated solving difficult math and verbal tasks at the top distraction level of 5. So some words of advice particularly for readers of this blog
Don't Drive and Derive