Let me preface this by saying – NO SHIT. The Transport Research Laboratory recently concluded a study that stated drivers’ with screaming kids in the cars had reaction times of up to 13% less than those without. Really… ya’ think? They then went on to say that instances of people slamming on the brakes were 40% higher and that stress levels were increased by a third. I mean did they really need a study to figure this out? Hell, my parents could have saved the Transport Research Laboratory millions of dollars and told them the same damn thing for a nice bottle of wine.
Studies like this always amaze me. I mean is it really a surprise that drivers become distracted when they have a bunch of screaming maniacs in the car? Hell, the reason my folks slammed on the brakes in the first place was to shut me up, and then, in some rare instances get me out of the car so they could get their sanity back. Any parent on the planet Earth will tell you this and it makes no difference if their driving a car, SUV or a friggin’ horse-drawn buggy, if you’re kids are screaming you WILL be distracted.
Senior TRL researcher Dr. Nick Reed then goes on to say, “There was a noticeable impairment to driving caused simply by the noise of arguing children. Precautions should be taken.” Dr. Reed, if you’re reading this then I’ve got to tell you that you are a true master of the obvious. I mean come on you Bonehead, get with the program and don’t waste our time with stuff we already know.