Tag: distraction

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Christine - humanfactors101.com

Death by design

Could you be killed by a car tonight? You’re perhaps thinking that I’m referring to a road traffic accident – as an occupant in a vehicle, or maybe as a pedestrian or cyclist. But there’s another way that you could be killed by a car tonight – YOUR car in fact.  And this isn’t a reference to the Stephen King novel “Christine”, about a car apparently possessed by supernatural forces. This article examines how a technological change has led to tragedy. Please share this “safety moment” with family, friends and colleagues.

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Fatal distraction

Around the world, children die from hyperthermia every year after parents unintentionally left them in a hot vehicle, often for a full day.

This post examines these tragedies from a human factors perspective, and provides some tips to prevent it happening to your family.

It also asks whether we can learn from these events to improve human performance in the workplace.

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park the phone - human-factors-101

Your mobile phone could kill you

A significant proportion of road accidents involve driver distraction. Many drivers admit to making calls, reading or writing messages, and checking social media whilst driving.

Using mobile phones can cause drivers to take their eyes off the road, their hands off the steering wheel, and their minds off the road and the surrounding situation.

This article outlines how using a mobile can affect driving behaviours, and increase crash risk (even if using a hands-free device).