How do hands-free devices affect cognitive distractions?

| Jul 1, 2020 | Firm News |

Tennessee drivers understand driving distractions. You understand the dangers they cause. Many people aim to help lessen the dangers tied to these behaviors. Hands-free technology are part of them. 

But hands-free tech may not carry the protection that you need or expect. It may create a sense of false security instead, which could even lead to more accidents. 

Types of driver distractions 

The National Safety Council looks at the purpose of hands-free devices on the road. As mentioned, these devices supposedly make it safe for you to use mobile devices while you drive. This is a good thing for many drivers who rely on GPS apps to get where they need to go. But is it actually safe to use? 

Distracted driving breaks down into three causes. Visual distractions, physical distractions and cognitive distraction. If you look away from the road, this is a visual distraction. Taking your hands off the wheel is a physical one. Thinking of something besides driving is a cognitive one. 

Where hands-free tech fails 

Hands-free tech address visual and physical distractions. It allows you to keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. But this is not enough to guarantee your safety. You must also avoid cognitive distractions. Unfortunately, hands-free tech creates cognitive distractions. No matter what, focusing on your device takes your attention from the road. Even if you are still looking at the road, it is a distraction. Having your hands on the wheel is not enough, either. 

Hands-free devices make drivers feel protected. This is not the case. Do not treat these devices as a foolproof protective measure. 

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