It’s something that’s been getting a lot of attention lately (which we couldn’t be happier about). There’s always more research and studies coming out about the dangers of distracted driving. The video above talks about new distracted driving research which proves that distraction from devices, and even using the vehicle’s built in voice command system is incredibly dangerous and a serious cause of distracted driving.
The American Auto Association (AAA) found that the distraction from any interaction with your devices can leave the driver for distracted long after they’ve stopped looking at or interacting with a device. For up to 27 seconds after interacting with your device, or the vehicle’s built in system, the driver remains distracted which can cause serious accidents and injuries. 27 seconds, traveling 25 miles/hr (40 kilometers/hr), which is the same as driving for the length of 3 football fields without paying attention.
AAA has said that they are sharing their findings with various lawmakers, and government agencies while urging drivers to be cautious with using their voice command systems. It’s a good idea to remember, too, that it is still dangerous to use your phone while stopped at an intersection awaiting a red light or stop sign.
The automakers that create the hands-free technology as a way to use your cell phone while driving are taking a very relaxed approach to solving the problem. While they market the technology as being a better alternative to a driver using their handset they are slow to acknowledge that the hands free systems are just as distracting, and in some cases even more distracting.
The reality is that using your cell phone while driving is dangerous. Period. You shouldn’t do it, your friends and family shouldn’t do it. Your employees shouldn’t do it. Hands free is not distraction free.
There’s no good reason for using your cell phone while driving. Pull over, then talk.
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