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Even ignoring that phone beep is distracting you

Even ignoring that phone beep is distracting you
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Distracted driving kills. Whether you're texting, talking on the phone or putting an address into the navigation app, your attention isn't on the road where it should be, and that puts you and those around you in danger.

Hopefully, you believe that and keep your phone in your purse, dashboard cubby hole or somewhere else that isn't in front of your face. Unfortunately, new research shows that might not be enough.

Even when you aren't using your phone, it's working in the background to receive texts, update apps, get the news and whatever else you've told it to do. When something happens, it gives off an audible notification or vibrates to let you know there's something for you to look at.

Three researchers at Florida State University wondered how much of a distraction that alert is, so they did a study. What they found is very serious.

Next page: What the researchers found
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