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Study: hands-free devices not as safe as you think

Distracted driving has become a very dangerous behavior and has contributed to thousands of car accidents in the U.S. every year. Drivers can become distracted for many different reasons, including cellphone use, eating, reaching for something and even talking to other passengers in the car.

All of these activities are very dangerous behind the wheel but studies have shown that texting while driving and other cellphone use is one of the most dangerous things drivers can do. To address the dangers of using a cellphone while driving, automakers and cellphone companies have created hands-free devices to try to reduce the number of car accidents caused by distracted driving. 

Despite the best intentions, a study by the American Automobile Association found that hands-free devices and voice-activated technology are no safer than using handheld cellphones. In fact, the study reported that some hands-free devices and voice-activated programs actually increase the risk of being in a car accident.

The study found that hands-free devices did not reduce the risks of distracted driving because drivers still become impaired while driving. Hands-free devices force drivers to multi-task and they become cognitively impaired because they are focusing on the conversation rather than on the road.

The findings of the study should be taken seriously by the general population. Drivers should be aware of the risks they face when they use their cellphone while driving, especially if they are using voice-activated technology. Drivers may falsely believe that they are reducing the risk of becoming distracted when the study proves that it is actually the opposite.

In addition to understanding the risks of using hands-free technology behind the wheel, drivers should be aware of all the ways they may become distracted while driving and take steps to reduce the risk of being in a car accident.

Source: The Street, "The Biggest 'Distracted-Driving' Dangers," Jerry Kronenberg, July 25, 2013

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