Hang Up & Save Gas

Expert: Multitasking leads to increased gas usage.

Salt Lake City, UT, September 07, 2008 --(PR.com)-- In our fast paced society, the pressure is mounting to accomplish more in less amount of time. People are looking for ways to combine activities, and one of the most common is to multitask while driving.

However there may be a hidden cost beyond traffic safety in chattering on that cell phone while driving.

Dave Crenshaw, a time-management consultant to some of the nation’s top business executives, says individuals are hurting themselves in the wallet when they drive and chat on the phone at the same time. He lays out a convincing case that multitasking can increase gas costs for the average household substantially.

“The evidence is already there for the increased likelihood of accidents,” he says, “but people also have the tendency to consume more fuel when they multitask while driving. When people are distracted while driving, they make errors in judgment. They have the tendency to miss their destination and loop back. They may circle the block a few times in their car to give themselves time to finish a conversation. Any kind of aggressive, jerking or unintentional driving behavior increases gas consumption.”

Regardless of the multitasking activity, Crenshaw adds, distracted driving adds up to more trips to the gas station.“Multitasking always leads to a longer time to completion and a greater likelihood of mistakes.”

The issue of focus is at the core of Crenshaw’s new business book, The Myth of Multitasking, and he’s primed for interviews to discuss its intriguing content as it applies to the daily grind—from talking in the cell phone and driving at the same time, to avoiding the dangers of “multitasking” in a market-driven business world.

About Dave Crenshaw…
As a highly sought-after business coach and time-management expert to some of the country’s top business executives, Dave Crenshaw has expanded his reach to that of an author and speaker. He began his coaching career in 1998 as the youngest independent consultant for one of the world’s largest small business coaching firms.

Crenshaw received his B.S. in Business Management-Entrepreneurship from Brigham Young University, one of the nation’s top Entrepreneur programs. As the creator of TimeGym, a productivity and time management-coaching firm, Crenshaw has helped business owners worldwide.

Crenshaw is one of the foremost experts on the epidemic known as multitasking. As a business owner himself, he formerly experienced the struggle of keeping focused. Dave recognized that he is needed to re-evaluate how he organized his time. Consequently, he developed the Time-Gym system his Certified Time Coaches use to help clients maintain balance in their lives. He is the author of The Myth of Multitasking: How Doing it All Gets Nothing Done.

Crenshaw’s often humorous and entertaining approach always hits right on the head with audiences. His speeches to audiences as large as 1500 people are described as life changing.

The Myth of Multitasking: How “Doing It All” Gets Nothing Done
In his groundbreaking book, management expert Dave Crenshaw offers clear solutions for dealing with today's information-saturated world. He shows what to do when interrupted by co-workers and how to deal with distracting electronic communications such as e-mail and phone messages. Written with wit and a healthy dose of wisdom, The Myth of Multitasking helps business leaders and employees recognize why multitasking is a false construct and shows them how to create a new and realistic plan for using time more efficiently.

Dave Crenshaw / TimeGym
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