Hand free doesn’t mean any less of a distraction
Using hands free technology while driving should be a no-brainer for everyone. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case.
But, is hands free driving less distracting? According to AAA, NO.
A recent study done by AAA using hands free technology was actually more distracting than using a phone the traditional way. Why?
Are drivers getting distracted by looking at their in dash screen when hands free texting, email, and phone calls? Are drivers giving the ability to do too much while behind the wheel?
In years past, you could only make a phone call and get GPS directions. Now you can check email, stocks, text messages, alter internet radio stations, even update your social networks. Are all of these tools needed in a vehicle? Really?
This study constitutes the most in depth analysis to date of mental distractions behind the wheel. AAA is hopeful that it will serve as a stepping stone toward working with
Auto manufacturers in creating technology that is safe and often times can’t be used while the vehicle is in ‘drive’.
Any form of using technology while driving can be dangerous. The recent addition of Apple’s iOS in vehicles is only another example of how tech is growing in vehicles.
It must be monitored to ensure that all drivers are safe and not distracted by the tech itself.
If you need to use the phone at all. Pull over. Don’t do it while you drive. It’s not worth the risk.