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Every time a driver would ever pick up their cell phone to make or receive a call they were putting themselves, their passengers, other drivers, and even pedestrians at risk.
Even with the improvements in technology, especially when concerning cell phones and vehicle compatibility some risk has been reduced with the hands-free implications that are being made in newer model vehicles.
Let’s discuss some of the risks that every driver faces when they take or make a call while driving even when they are using hands-free technology.
One of the risks that has been found to be true by a study at the University of Utah, which was funded by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety the education arm of AAA is that when using speech-enabled technologies drivers were actually more distracted while driving in the simulation or a research vehicle than when they were driving while just talking on a phone.
This being said the simple clicking of a button on your steering wheel to answer an inbound call is distracting, but can be safer than just picking up your cell phone.
It has been discovered that this feature may actually overload the driver thus making their driving more dangerous for themselves and others.
It has been discovered by Dr.Strayer of the University of Utah that actually talking on the phone whether it is using a hands-free device or not can be much more dangerous than driving drunk.
From the study the safest vehicles to choose from door their voice-activated systems is the Chevy Equinox, Buick Lacrosse, and the Toyota 4Runner.
In conclusion while using a hands-free device can be safer at times if you choose to take or make a call compared to actually picking up your phone and taking your eyes off the road there are still certain risks that drivers should be aware of.