Posted by: Patrice Fitzgerald | December 9, 2008

Driving while Talking

A friend recently told me that he got a ticket for speeding while talking on his cell.  He says that he tends to go faster when involved in a conversation.  (Of course, we all know that this is only done on a hands-free device while in the state of Connecticut!)

But when I drive and talk at the same time, I do just the opposite.  Or at least, I think I do.  The conversation distracts me enough to make me want to go to the slower lane, so that I can concentrate on talking and not be worried about other cars.  

Do you think this breaks down on gender lines?  Do women slow down because the discussion is more interesting than the driving, and men speed up because they get all heated up in the conversation?  Or is that just a case of unfounded gender stereotyping?

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