Deadly Distractions

Would you feel comfortable driving after 4 alcoholic drinks? For most of us, the answer is a resounding no. But shockingly, drivers everywhere are roughly just as impaired when they get behind the wheel. Are we a nation of drunk drivers? No. We are a nation obsessed with our cell phones.

Would you feel comfortable driving after 4 alcoholic drinks? For most of us, the answer is a resounding no. But shockingly, drivers everywhere are roughly just as impaired when they get behind the wheel.  Are we a nation of drunk drivers? No. We are a nation obsessed with our cell phones.


It seems harmless – you’re driving your car and use your cell phone to make a quick call or send a text message while en route. The multi-tasking seems manageable, even efficient. Although your brain is ultra-sophisticated, it’s just not equipped to perform both tasks simultaneously – and the consequences are deadly.



The research is undeniable. One out of every 4 car accidents is caused by drivers using cell phones. This epidemic is sweeping the country and only promises to proliferate as a text-happy generation of teenagers takes to the road.


Today’s show explains the science behind your body’s responses while driving. This analysis of brain functionality concludes that using a cell phone while driving acutely slows your reaction time. Whether you’re pocketing a newly-minted license or you’ve been driving for decades, this habit is distracting, dangerous, and potentially deadly. Our show’s guests are witnesses to these truths; their testimonies are  tragic – each life lost was heartbreakingly preventable.


Their message is for you. Next time you are in the car, commit to being a safe driver and put your phone away. This simple act could save not only your life – but the lives of countless others on the road.

The #1 Thing to Remember When Caring for a Sick Parent

It can help you be a better caregiver while also releasing you of overwhelming burden.

Caring for an ageing or sick parent at home can be a wonderful act of love — but it can also be a big sacrifice. Along with the new responsibility comes added stress to your life that's probably already taxing. Not to mention, it significantly changes the relationship between the two of you. If you're a caregiver for a parent, or thinking about what next step is best, this is one of the most important things to remember about this life phase. It can help you be a better caregiver while also releasing you of a lot of the burden that comes with the role.

TV and podcast host Maria Menounos is currently taking care of her mother, who has brain cancer. She learned this lesson from a guest on her series "Better Together."

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