Are Hands-Free Mobile Devices Safer While Driving?

According to a public opinion poll by the National Safety Council indicates that 80% of drivers throughout the nation believe that hands-free devices are considered safer than using a handheld phone. However, the evidence begs to differ.

It is imperative to understand that hands-free driving does not equal to risk-free driving. The problem is that drivers who use hands-free devices are still multi-tasking.

In fact, the brain does not truly multi-task. The brain is able to quickly toggle between tasks, but can’t do two things at the same time. Studies show that activity in the area of the brain which processes moving images decreases by up to 1/3 when listening, talking, or texting on a phone.

The following are the three things distracted driving does to us:

  • Takes your eyes off the road
  • Takes your hands off the steering wheel
  • Takes your mind away from driving

While your hands can remain on the steering wheel, your eyes and your mind are away from the primary task of driving. Furthermore, using voice-to-text is more distracting than typing texts by hand.

The National Safety Council is a non-profit organization which partners with businesses, government entities, elected officials, and the public on distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, and safer communities initiatives.

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