Robert A. Solomon, P.C.
Two Offices Serving
New York and New Jersey

Hands free technology can be dangerous

At this point, most people realize that distracted driving is a big no-no. This is why texting and driving is illegal in most states.

But guess what? New technology may not be as safe as it sounds. For example, hands free technology is not always as it appears. The reason is simple: There is still a mental distraction associated with the behavior. Even though you may not take your eyes off the road, you are still doing something that distracts you from the task at hand.

In a recent article published by AAA, the CEO of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety discussed this in great detail. Here is what he had to say:

"The lasting effects of mental distraction pose a hidden and pervasive danger that would likely come as a surprise to most drivers."

There are two things about that quote that are telling. First off, mental distractions can pose a hidden danger to drivers. Secondly, many drivers never consider the fact that this could be a problem. When you add this together, hands free technology is not nearly as safe as some people make it out to be.

According to researchers, mental distraction can last as long as 27 seconds after completing a distraction, such as speaking out a text message.

Hands free technology may be safe in some ways, but it is not something that drivers should rely on all the time. There are many dangers associated with this, all of which can lead to an accident.

If you are going to use hands free technology, make sure it doesn't distract you while behind the wheel.

Source: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, "New Hands-free Technologies Pose Hidden Dangers for Drivers," accessed Nov. 25, 2015

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