Use Caution With Hands-Free Communication
Even though hands-free devices are legal in most states, using them while driving can be as dangerous as using a hand-held device. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that drivers using hands-free devices to talk on their mobile devices are just as likely to be involved in a crash as those using hand-held devices. This is because people using hands-free devices may miss vital visual and auditory signals needed to avoid a motor vehicle accident. Here's what you need to know.
Distracted Driving Statistics and Hands-Free Devices
In 2019, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released statistics on distracted driving. They found that 3,142 people were killed, and an estimated 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. Of those killed, 9% used a hands-free device at the time of the collision. This means that hands-free devices can be just as distracting as hand-held devices.
There are several dangers associated with using hands-free devices while driving. First, they can take your attention away from the road. Even if you're not looking at your phone, you're still not paying 100% attention to your surroundings. This can lead to dangerous situations, like not seeing a pedestrian in time to stop.
Second, when talking on the phone while driving, you're distracted from the road due to focusing on your conversation.
Finally, hands-free devices can be a distraction even when you're not using them. Just having them in your car can be a distraction. You may be tempted to use them when you're driving, or feel the need to answer a call that comes in leading to dangerous situations.
Voice Texting While Driving
Driving is a complex task that requires the driver's full attention. When drivers use hands-free devices to voice text through in-vehicle systems, they may think they are safe to drive. However, research shows that these devices can be as distracting as physically texting on your mobile device.
Using a hands-free device while driving can result in:
- Difficulty keeping the car in the lane
- Impaired reaction time
- Reduced braking time
- A higher risk of crashing
It is important to remember that using any hands-free device while driving is just as dangerous as using a hand-held device.
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While hands-free driving laws can reduce the risk of distracted driving accidents, using hands-free devices can still pose distractions. Car crashes involving distracted drivers can be one of the most severe, posing the risk of catastrophic injuries.
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