Even Hands-Free Calls Could be Dangerous on the Road
27 June, 2013
Hands-free technologies might make it easier for drivers to text, talk on the phone, or even use Facebook while they drive, but new findings from Traffic Safety Research show dangerous mental distractions exist even when drivers keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road.
The distracted driving research found that as mental workload and distractions increase, reaction time slows, brain function is compromised, drivers scan the road less and miss visual cues, potentially resulting in drivers
not seeing items right in front of them including stop signs and pedestrians.
Managers call this multitasking, when a manager, driver or pilot are performing simultaneous tasks.
The variety of hands-free devices ranges from inbuilt devices up to Bluetooth earphones and GPS/Glonass navigators with loudspeakers for handling phone calls. The type of device is not essential; the principal thing is mental distraction.
So if you are on the road again and your mobile is ringing, the best clue is to ignore the call, voice mail system will receive the message and you’ll see the missed call in the log. Taking into consideration that Georgians are open to friends, relatives, business partners and guests the communication flow and multitasking could result in traffic accident while driving.