Hands-Free Devices May Be Adding to Auto Accidents

New studies have found that using hands-free devices still pose dangers to drivers. Although hands free devices are legal in BC, they may distract the driver for up to 27 seconds after usage. This information has been released in a series of studies conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

A distracted driver can easily miss important objects in the surrounding such as road signs, other vehicles, and even pedestrians. This is because the mind takes time to shift focus from one task to another.

Additionally, AAA’s study has found that some hands-free devices distract drivers more than others. This is especially the case if the user is unaccustomed to the system. Certain hands-free devices also require physical input to initiate. Therefore, if you must use a hands-free device while driving, please practice using it before being out on the road.

It may seem like a good idea to multitask and get more things done at the same time. However, in reality, prevention of accidents provides much more value. Please consider not using any devices at all while driving, including hands-free devices, so that you could place your attention where it is most deserved. This ensures not only your personal safety but those around you.

For more information on the study and the mental distraction rankings of voice-activated systems, please visit the source: AAA NewsRoom.

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