January 8, 2009

In-Car Hands-Free kits just as dangerous as mobiles when driving.

New research suggests that regardless of the device used, all telephone conversations when driving are dangerous, simply because of the fact that they affect our attention and visual processing skills significantly.

Previously it was believed that because hands-free kits were safer because they enabled you to have both hands free at the wheel, but the hazard does not relate to your hands, but it is in fact your brain, David Strayer, who led the research stated “It’s not that your hands aren’t on the wheel. It’s that your mind is not on the road.”

It is currently still legal within Britain to use a mobile phone while using a hands-free kit, previous experiments and road-side surveys indicated that drivers talking on a mobile phone are four-times more likely to be involved in an accident.

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