Hands-Free is Not Risk-Free When It Comes to Distracted Driving, Study Reports (Part 1)

Hands-Free is Not Risk-Free When It Comes to Distracted Driving, Study Reports (Part 1)

Findings from a recent AAA study are shedding light on the fact that hands-free devices can still distract drivers and increase the risk of car accidents.

Findings from a recent AAA study are shedding light on the fact that hands-free devices can still distract drivers and increase the risk of car accidents.

While the common conception these days is that using hands-free devices, like Bluetooth headsets, is safer than holding cellphones and cuts down on driving distractions, findings from a recent study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety are shedding light on how this perception is likely, in fact, wrong. Specifically, the study focused on drivers who were using voice-activated technologies in vehicles and tested the drivers’ ability to stay alert to the driving task at hand. In order to do so, researchers:

  • Mounted cameras inside of vehicles to monitor the eye and head movements of drivers as they drove and used voice-activated technologies
  • Used “detection-response-task” devices to evaluate drivers’ reaction times to certain triggers, like signal changes, stop signs or other visual cues
  • Had drivers wear special caps that would monitor their brainwaves and, therefore, could assess the drivers’ mental workload as they tried to drive and use voice-activated technologies

Through this set up, researchers found that:

  • Listening to the radio provided the least amount of mental distraction for drivers
  • Using either a hands-free device or holding a cellphone while talking on the cellphone and driving provided a moderate level of mental distraction for drivers (and whether or not the drivers’ hands were holding a cellphone or the car’s steering wheel did not matter)
  • Using in-vehicle voice-activated technologies to, for example, operate GPS systems or respond to emails, significantly increased drivers’ mental workloads and provided a high level of mental distraction for drivers.

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