Hands-free device increases chance of accident

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While you may think that having your hands on the wheel makes you safer while driving, a new study found that may not be the case.

A study released by the AAA Foundation Wednesday found that using a hands-free device may increase the chance you’ll be in a car accident.

Researchers examined drivers’ brainwaves and tracked their eye movements when they are behind the wheel using a hands-free device.

Officials say that as their mental workload increased, their reaction time decreased and they were more likely to miss visual cues like stop signs and pedestrians in the road.

Experts say using hands-free technology to read and respond to emails and talking on the phone can create a hazardous driving experience, even if both hands are on the wheel.

“The reality is there are a lot of people driving down the road using these systems today, said Jake Nelson, with AAA. “Many people driving down the road using these systems think they are completely safe. Not just safer, completely safe, when the research shows that is certainly not the case.”

Experts suggest limiting the use of voice-activated technologies to core driving activities like climate control, windshield wipers and cruise control and disabling certain voice to text technologies, particularly those tied to social media.

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