Hands-Free Talking - Is It Safe?

Posted By Matthew Clawson || 22-Aug-2017

Most of us know that fiddling around with a cell phone while driving is dangerous. However, many more believe that using a hands-free device is a safe method to continue to go about your business while driving. According to several studies conducted by many universities and organizations, this is actually far from the truth. While a hands-free device will make it easier to operate a vehicle, we use more than our hands to drive.

Why is using a hands-free device dangerous? Your brain is still distracted, regardless if you are holding the phone in your hands or not. Your eyes might be on the road and your hands might be gripping the wheel, but if your mind is focused on your conversation rather than on driving, your reflexes will not be as sharp and you will not be as aware of your surroundings as you should be.

Another part of the problem is the psychology of hands-free devices. “Hands-free” inherently sounds safer, which sends a message to our emotionally-based risk assessment system that by using a hands-free device, we are in control and minimizing risks. You are no less distracted than a person holding a cell phone, but more dangerous since you believe you are using a safer method. According to a 2010 analysis by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), hands-free laws that took effect in various states and the District of Columbia remained the same or rose slightly. Essentially, a law that was intended to make the roads safer had the opposite effect.

The National Transportation Safety Board recommended a complete ban on the use of cellphones while driving, regardless if it is a hand-held or hands-free device. In fact, many large companies already forbid employees from talking on cell phones while driving for liability reasons. Of course, although blanket laws like this do not exist, it does not mean you cannot do your part to keep the roads safe by refraining from using your cell phone while driving.

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