Oregon drivers take safety measures to keep themselves protected on the road. For example, tech in the car is not avoidable for everyone. Some people rely on their technology for their jobs. Hands-free tech helps cut down the risk of distraction-related incidents for these drivers.
But how true is that? How effective is hands-free tech in cutting down on distractions? What are the actual benefits drivers reap from hands-free tech? Today we will look at how safe hands-free tech is.
Physical, visual and cognitive distractions
The National Safety Council states that hands-free is not risk-free. In other words, hands-free technology cannot guarantee driver safety. This is because hands-free tech cannot eliminate all driver distractions.
Driver distraction breaks down into three categories. These are physical, visual and cognitive distractions. It is true that hands-free tech helps with two of the three distractions. Hands-free tech allows you to keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel. This cuts down on visual and physical distractions.
The blind spot of hands-free tech
Unfortunately, hands-free tech does not impact cognitive distractions. In fact, it may contribute to them. This is because hands-free tech introduces mental distraction to the driver. A cognitive distraction is anything that takes the mind off of the road. This includes:
- Listening to directions or messages
- Giving verbal dictation
- Setting a GPS course
- Hearing notifications
- Holding conversations with people over the phone
There is no way to separate cognitive distractions from technological devices. Even hands-free tech cannot solve this. For this reason, hands-free tech cannot guarantee a driver’s safety either. Drivers should know this before purchasing hands-free devices.