Hands-free devices are becoming a more popular tool for drivers, ranging from headphones and phone mounts to Bluetooth transmitters and more. While these are often considered a loophole to cell phone laws, studies show they still come with the same distraction risks as using your phone. Read on to learn why.
Cognitive Distractions Behind the Wheel
Distracted driving can be classified into three distinct categories: visual (eyes), cognitive (mind), and manual (hands). Hands-free devices are often recommended to reduce the visual and manual distractions that come with using a cell phone while driving. However, a United Kingdom psychological study found that cognitive distractions are still apparent and present the same risks as if you were still holding the phone in your hand.
Furthermore, a study published in The Washington Post found that voice texting can be just as dangerous as standard texting while driving, as it forces the brain to multitask. The issue with this is that multitasking has been shown to increase the likelihood of errors by impacting your ability to concentrate. If attempting to multitask by using a hands-free device while driving, you may find it more difficult to stay focused on driving and react to hazards as they arise.
Is There a Solution?
The simplest solution is, of course, to avoid using your phone while driving at all times. If you need to make a phone call or use it in another manner, it will always be safer to pull off the road and park. This can help to reduce the risk of a distraction-related accident. However, if you must use your phone while driving, hands-free devices should be used cautiously as they may still present risks.
Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers Serving Texas and Louisiana
Remember, cognitive distractions can still cause distracted driving. Those who act negligently on the roads put others at risk and should be held responsible.
The team at Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers can help you pursue justice if you or a loved one is injured or killed due to distracted driving. Call (318) 221-1508 to schedule a free consultation today to discuss your options.