Does hands-free tech contribute to crashes?

| Jul 6, 2020 | Car Wreck |

Georgia drivers like you are always seeking ways to make driving a safe activity. Avoiding distractions is one way to do it. But sometimes, you cannot easily avoid these distractions. For example, many people use handheld devices as GPS or navigational systems. 

So what can you do to cut back on risks if you use handheld devices while driving? Hands-free tech claims it may offer a solution, but does it? 

Hands-free is not without risk 

The National Safety Council is not a proponent for hands-free tech. In fact, their slogan about the matter is “hands-free is not risk-free”. Experts fear hands-free tech creates a sense of false security among drivers. They believe they are safe when using this tech. In reality, hands-free tech only covers two of the three main areas of driver distraction. 

Hands-free tech and cognitive distractions 

The three areas of distraction include physical, visual and cognitive distractions. Physical distractions take your hands from the wheel. An example may include adjusting your radio station or temperature. Visual distractions draw your eyes from the road. This may happen if you look at other passengers while driving. Hands-free tech addresses both of these issues. With voice commands, you can keep your eyes straight ahead. You do not have to touch the screen. 

It is the third category that hands-free tech cannot address. Cognitive distractions include anything that takes your mind off of the road. Unfortunately, hands-free tech encourages you to do this. Instead of focusing on driving, you focus on talking to your handheld device. There is no current way to get around this flaw. Thus, hands-free tech as it exists now cannot give you full protection.