Are Hands-Free Devices Safe For Driving?

Does hands-free phone use impact driving?

 

We all know the risks of texting and driving. But many people think that using a hands-free device–whether earpiece, speakerphone, or dashboard system–cuts down or even eliminates the danger.

Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. Because distraction of any kind is the key factor in many accidents, the danger doesn’t go away if your hands are on the wheel. We tend to think we’re good at multitasking, but the reality is that the human brain doesn’t work that way. In fact, new studies suggest that using voice-to-text may be more distracting than texting by hand.

The area of the brain that processes moving images shows 1/3 less activity when talking or even listening on the phone. When talking on the phone, drivers can miss up to 50% of their surroundings.

As much as possible, avoid using a phone altogether while driving. Make calls, send texts, or set up navigation before driving.

If you or a loved one have been injured due to the negligence of a distracted driver, make sure to hire a personal injury attorney. A personal injury attorney can help you get the best settlement possible. Attorney Brian Smith and his team can help you through the process. Schedule your free consultation now.

 

Source: National Safety Council