Safety

Safe to Use Hands-Free Devices in the Car? Yes, According to Research

Traffic Safety Pulse - March 2019

New research from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute suggests that drivers who use hands-free electronic devices, as opposed to handheld ones, are less likely to get into a crash.

With hands-free technology, drivers can make calls and perform a variety of other tasks while still keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.

"Any activity that places either visual or manual demands on the driver -- texting, browsing or dialing a hand-held phone, for instance -- substantially increases crash risk. However, our recent study has found that the primarily cognitive secondary task of talking on a hands-free device does not appear to have any detrimental effects," said Tom Dingus, director of VTTI and the principal investigator of the study.

Read the full report at: https://vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2019/02/020519-vtti-handsfreestudy.html

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