Many people have made the switch from handheld devices to hands-free devices after many states made using a phone while driving illegal. Thousands of auto accidents are caused a year by driver inattention, partly because of texting while driving or talking on the phone with one hand off the wheel. However, are hands-free devices any safer?
According to the National Safety Council, the answer is “no.” Distractions are a top factor in fatal car crashes, and up to 94% of all auto accidents are caused by driver error. However, despite the fact hands-free devices are supposed to be safer, they can still be distracting.
Multitasking is a myth. You can operate a vehicle and talk on the phone, but you’re not doing them exactly at the same time. When you do 2 tasks at once, your brain is toggling rapidly between the two, switching from one to the other. If you’re driving and listening to a conversation in the car, the activity in your brain that process moving images will decrease by up to 1/3. Likewise, drivers looking out the windshield can miss seeing up to 50% of what’s around them when talking on any kind of cell phone. In other studies, voice-to-text features were found to be even more distracting than just typing texts by hand.
While hands-free devices are certainly a better alternative than handheld device use on the road, the best way to avoid a distracted driving accident is to pay total attention to operating the vehicle. Keep your eyes on the road, keep your hands on the wheel, and keep your mind on driving.
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